Think Before You Share

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Cynthia Lan

Be mindful of what you share online – protect your digital identity!

Cynthia Lan, Photojournalist

In the age of technology, we have become accustomed to sharing information online. From posting pictures of our pets to broadcasting our thoughts to the world, the internet has become an extension of our lives. However, it’s important to remember that the information we share online is not only seen by our friends and family, but also by potential employers, government agencies, and cyber criminals.

 

Furthermore, when you share information online, you are giving away clues about who you are. Even seemingly innocuous posts like your hometown, school, or workplace can be used to gather personal details about you. Some of this information can be used to steal your identity or even blackmail you. In addition, the content of your posts can be used to target you for hate speech or cyberbullying.

 

Moreover, when sharing personal information, it’s important to know what you’re posting. Always remember that once content is published, it is very difficult to take it back. Avoid posting anything that could compromise your safety or the safety of your loved ones. This includes your home address, phone number and date of birth.

“To ensure my safety and privacy when I post pictures, and information on social media, I always make the story or post privately.”

— Megan

However, when using social media, be sure to adjust your privacy settings so only your friends can see your posts. You should also regularly review and delete old posts that may contain personal information that may put you at risk. Also, be sure to use strong passwords for all your online accounts and avoid clicking on any suspicious links. Megan Wang (9) shares how she stays safe online, saying “To ensure my safety and privacy when I post pictures and information on social media, I always make the story or post private.”

 

If you are using online dating or social networking sites, please use caution. Never give out your personal information, such as your address or phone number, until you are completely comfortable with the person you are communicating with. Be wary of any request for money, or any offer that sounds too good to be true.

 

Finally, be mindful of what you post and how it affects you. Remember that your posts may be seen by potential employers, government agencies, and cyber criminals, so please refrain from posting anything that may be considered offensive, illegal, or inappropriate.

 

In a world where our lives are increasingly intertwined with technology, it’s important to know what you’re sharing online. By taking a moment to think before posting and adjusting your privacy settings, you can help protect yourself from potential threats and stay safe online.