We live in a digital age where once you post something online, it never goes away and every post comes with a risk. Sharing personal information and photos on your social media page is a great way to keep connected to family and friends. But be aware of who else could be seeing that same information or photo. From potential employers, to cyber stalkers, to identity thieves, it’s important to build a strong online reputation and maintain a safe social media environment.
Here’s some guidelines to help you be social media savvy so that you can minimize the risks while reaping the rewards:
- Privacy and security settings exist for a reason: Learn about and use the privacy and security settings on social networks. They are there to help you control who sees what you post and manage your online experience in a positive way.
- Once posted, always posted: Protect your reputation on social networks. What you post online stays online. Think twice before posting pictures you wouldn’t want your parents or future employers to see. Recent research found that 70 percent of job recruiters rejected candidates based on information they found online.
- Your online reputation can be a good thing: Recent research also found that recruiters respond to a strong, positive personal brand online. So show your smarts, thoughtfulness and mastery of the environment.
- Keep personal info personal: Be cautious about how much personal information you provide on social networking sites. The more information you post, the easier it may be for a hacker or someone else to use that information to steal your identity, access your data or commit other crimes such as stalking.