Dangerous Ways You’re Exposing Yourself on Social Media

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You might think you’re a safe social media user- but are you really? These three common mistakes are more dangerous than you might think.

FROM MEN’S HEALTH:

Every time you post on social media, you raise your risk for being the victim of a cyber crime.  

Want to keep your Instagram followers and keep yourself safe? Fix these social-media flubs, stat. 

1. DON’T LEAK YOUR LOCATION

The screwup: Whenever you post a photo online, it’s secretly tagged with metadata—bits of information that include when and where the picture was taken. 

The solution: Erase the metadata before you post

2. DON’T TRUST PUBLIC WIFI

The screwup: Every time you connect to a public WiFi network, you’re taking a huge leap of faith that the network is secure. 

Even when you’re working at a Starbucks and you connect to the network that says “Starbucks,” you’re relaying sensitive information over a public digital environment. Cybercriminals may set up fake networks that appear legit and wait to steal your data, but they can also find their way into already-secure public networks. 

The solution: Use a VPN, or virtual private network, when using public WiFi on your laptop. Most modern operating systems already come with a VPN client. 

3. DON’T OVERSHARE

The screwup: We live in an age of oversharing. But the more selfies, angry tweets, and political diatribes you post, the more you shoot your future self in the foot, Shear says—especially when it comes time to job hunt. 

The solution: Keep your private thoughts—and current location—private. 

Read the full article on www.MensHealth.com

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