I am a positive person. Really. The fact that this and my previous 2 posts have been about things you shouldn’t do might strongly suggest otherwise, but I really am a positive person.
Its just coincidence that the 3rd time in a row I’ve felt inspired to write about something you shouldn’t be doing.
Today I want to talk about what you do and don’t share on your Facebook profile and other social networks.
Now I am sure that anyone responsible will know to maintain a certain standard of privacy settings, and limit what people who aren’t your friends can and can’t see.
On my own personal profile, I tend to do exactly that which makes me feel a bit more secure.
But you still won’t really see me sharing things I wouldn’t want strangers to know.
If there are personal things you want to talk to your friends about or share with your friends – pick up the phone and call them. Keep it out of the public space.
Going away on holiday? Bought something new and expensive? Don’t put it on Facebook. You might be sure about your own privacy settings, but you don’t know how secure your friends’ accounts are, or who might be accessing them or seeing your profile through them.
Let’s Play Out A Little Scenario…
If your friend loses their phone, and its picked up by a shady character – remember if they are logged into Facebook on their phone, whoever picks it up will be able to see your whole profile.
Also remember seeing as its a phone, it might have your address & phone number stored in there.
So Mr Shady might log on to Facebook and see that you’re away for the weekend, and just bought a nice new $2,000 computer. And they now know your home address, where no one is at present because you’re away for the weekend remember?
That Doesn’t Mean Live In Secret
Share stuff. By all means, do share stuff. Just be careful and responsible with what you share.
On my own personal profile, I tend to stick with a mixture of business networking, posting random messages to friends and sharing memes that I think could go viral.
That’s about it. You can be more open and trusting, but I personally choose not to be, as I don’t want to take that risk.
I’m not going to bark out orders to not tell your friends anything about what’s happening in your life, just be careful, be responsible and remember that despite your own privacy settings when you post something on Facebook it is still going out into the public space.