Do you put too much information on your social media?

Published October 18, 2013 by jewing27

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Usually when you make a social media site, you want people to know who you are, but are people putting too much information on the site? Is your Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr or other sites safe? When you sign up for a Facebook, you have to give personal information such as your e-mail, where you live, your date of birth, business and more. But, you can also make up your date of birth, and where you live, and make a fake email account to no one will know your real account and just have for Facebook. When people make a Facebook, or any social site, you want to trust the other person (friend) for their information because that’s what they put up there. Do you think they are lying or telling the truth? You figure that out.

On the actual Facebook site, there is a privacy policy page. On the “your information” section is says, “you are required to provide information such as your name, email address, birthday, and gender…….and your telephone number.”  (facebook.com/policy)  I think everyone should read this page because if you don’t know what you want to publish for publicity, or private settings, you should read this before damage is done to you or others.

I also wanted to express my feelings about different websites asking for your social security number. I have learned that this is a not a big issue all the time, but it can become a big issue later on. Your social security number is pretty much your identity and you don’t want to give that away. The only time when you should give our your social security number is when it applies to a bank, renting an apartment, driver’s license and health reasons (Medicaid). If you do give out your number be sure it’s a real website, and not a fake.

Be aware on your location settings. For example, if you say you checked in at the Marriot Hotel in Fort Lauderdale in Florida, people could find you. Even if there is more than one Marriot Hotel there is a map that is involved, and a picture of exactly where you are. That can  be a little scary especially if you have a stalker that you might know of. People don’t realize that. Another location setting would be pictures.

There is an article on ABC15.com that shows/explains on where you take a smart phone photo. If you have any type of a smart phone, your phone has a setting of picture location. If you don’t set it off and you put it on Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, etc, they can locate on exactly what time and location of the picture. For me, I turn off that setting so people won’t know exactly where I took that photo. Yes, it’s still easy to find out where I took a photo because of the background, but it’s harder for the stalker. I recommend people reading this article and learning how to shut off your location settings, or just reading more details on what more it can do.

Everyone doesn’t know how much information you actually put on your website. You might think you do, but sometimes people don’t and that’s when it can become a problem to you and to others. Be safe and don’t act stupid because you never know who’s watching you.

“Data Use Policy” (December 11, 2012)  www.facebook.com https://www.facebook.com/about/privacy/your-info

“When is it safe to give out your Social Security Number?” Sandi Newton , www.enewsbuilder.net (2011) all rights reserved.  http://www.enewsbuilder.net/dcccdi/e_article002090048.cfm?x=bjrJp1V,b9cGldWd

“Does Facebook show where I took a smartphone photo?” Ken Colburn (4/21/2012) www.abc15.com

http://www.abc15.com/dpp/money/consumer/data_doctor/does-facebook-show-where-i-took-a-smartphone-photo

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