Retired Moderator Retired Malware Specialist
- Dec 14, 2002
The risks of Social Media
Do you cyber-blab? Are you a compulsive Tweeter or Facebooker? Think carefully about what you post. A simple post about your daily visit to the local coffee shop could be enough to tell a burglar when it is safe to rob your house. Remember EVERYTHING on a Social Media site is public.
Facebook and Twitter
- Don’t get carried away with what you post on these sites and remember that almost everything you post will be completely public and it is rather like walking down the local High Street and shouting at the top of your voice to everyone in earshot, everything that happened last night, what colour underwear you have on, your name & address and phone number and where you hide the spare keys to your front door.
- Be very careful what you post on Facebook or tweet about. It can be used against you in court or by an insurance company, even something as mild and innocent as: “I’m jogging every day to get fit for my holiday”. Not good if you’re claiming for whiplash after a car accident or you are off sick from work.
- Lawyers, Insurance companies, your current or prospective employer will take the time to scroll your Facebook timeline and your tweet history for evidence that can go against you.
- Scammers and Fraudsters will scan Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites for useful information that will help them scam you.