Privacy Risks in Social Media

Are you an active participant in social media such as Facebook and Twitter? If yes, do you know that there are privacy risks in social media.

Have you ever imagined the impact of the information that you post in the social media? If you do not apply adequate restrictions, your privacy may be intruded and you may become a victim to cyber crimes and people with malicious intent. Privacy risk management is critical in today’s cyber world.

Tip: From social media perspective, Privacy is a state where you restrict your activities to a known group. General public will not have visibility or access to your profile and activities.


Privacy risks in social media increases as you share more information. Internet and social media provide you options to anonymously vent out feelings and share information that you would not have shared to a known person. However, in today’s digital world, cyber criminals, such as hackers and attackers, can easily track any information that you share and use them against you.

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Examples of privacy risks

Few of the examples include sharing personal information, such as the phone number, email address, residence location and travel plans in public or social media platforms which is visible to everyone.

Fact: While some of the cyber criminals may misuse your information for fun, there are others who may use it to harm you.

How to protect from privacy risks in social media?

To stay protected in social media, consider the following points:

Configure privacy settings: Ensure that the privacy settings are configured correctly in the social media account. For example, restrict access of your profile information to only your friends and connections. This ensures that only minimal information is shared with the public, such as your name and country of residence. 

Personal information: Do not share personal information, such as your phone number and residential address because such information makes the job of a cyber criminal easy in tracking, causing trouble or harming you.

Bank information: Do not share your banking information, such as bank account number, debit or credit card number, and bank or branch details. These information may help cyber criminals to easily track your financial status and also to access your accounts.

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Location and travel plans: Never disclose your location and travel plans. This information can be misused by thieves and malicious people.

Photos and videos: Do not share photos and videos that depicts you in a compromising position. What you share today may embarrass you in the future because your relationship status and career would have evolved. Corporate companies and recruiters have already started using the social media for performing background checks.

Abusive and derogatory posts: Be diplomatic and friendly to others in social media. Do not post abusive or derogatory posts about anyone. You never know when these posts will backfire.

Caution: To safeguard your privacy in social media, the phrase to remember is “Think before you post!”

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