Social media is an ubiquitous part of our day to day life these days.
Everyone is on social media – from teenagers to pensioners, from the really young to the really old, rich and poor… whatever the age, religion, race or any other social classification, it’s all represented.
This can be great – this can and in many instances does help promote openness and acceptance.
But there are other, darker, sides to this technology.
One of the most concerning ones being the lack of privacy.
When you say something on social media, it doesn’t remain private anymore – it becomes public knowledge.
Knowledge many can, and often do, use for not so good purposes.
The social media organisations use it to learn about you – so that they can then sell that information. That’s, of course, how they fund their business. If you’re not willing to pay for a service, then you have to accept some way of paying for it.
Then there are others, people who will use your information to harm – because their work involves methods that only profit them at the expense of others. This group includes the hackers, the identity thieves and so on.
Even a lot of burglars and thieves use social media to research their targets these days!
And then there’s a third group of people – people who will use your personal information to harm you. Not because it profits them in some way, but because it makes them feel powerful, and superior. This group is where trolls and cyber bullies fit into.
In this age of information, it is really tempting to share everything about your life.
But it is important to be careful.
Because the information you share can be used against you. The more sensitive the information, the more harmful it can be for you.
The advice applies elsewhere too – be careful about what you share – not just online but offline as well.
So the next time you share something about you or your life, think about it before you share.
If you wouldn’t want strangers to know about it, or if the information can be used to harm you in some way or another, err on the side of caution, and refrain from sharing.
It is always better to be safe than sorry.