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Be Careful about What You Share on Your Social Media Profile

Over the past decade or so, online social networks have exploded in popularity. There’s always a new one coming out and more and more people are signing up. One of the primary reasons people are so drawn to them is that they allow you to connect with others and develop friendships with those who share the same interests as you. They also allow you to connect with friends and family who you may have lost touch with over the years.

The key to finding and connecting with others is to sign up for a social networking website and create a profile. After all, as mentioned, most people join these sites to connect with others who share their same interests and passions. We all want to find others who share our beliefs, goals, interests, and views- right? If you don’t create a profile for the website, it would be impossible to know anything about you. This is why social networking profiles are so critical.

Unfortunately, social networking websites are also great places for internet predators to stalk their next victim. Therefore, it’s important that you pay attention to what you include and what you don’t include on your profile. In this article, we’ll explore some tips for creating your social networking profile.

Tips for Creating Your Profile

When creating a profile for a social networking website, a lot of emphasis is put on what should be included or displayed. Many “experts” suggest that pictures and lots of detailed personal info will get you the best responses. While it’s true that this will increase your views, you may be getting views that you don’t want. No matter what you might believe, there really are no restrictions on who can view your personal information. In fact, anyone, even if they are not part of your online community will be able to find your profile.

Since most of the social networking websites allow anyone to see your profile, it’s important that you are careful about what you share. Therefore, your focus needs to be on what you should not put on your profile instead of what you should. This will help you protect yourself both online and in the real world.

Choose Your Photo Carefully

As mentioned, it’s typically suggested that you add photos to your social networking profiles. This allows others to see what you look like and see that you’re a real person. If you want to post a personal picture, there’s nothing wrong with that. However, you must make sure that it isn’t too revealing or seductive. While most people can look at them without being affected- but they can be dangerous if some people get ahold of them.

Never Include Your Full Name & Address

If you do decide that you want to post a picture of yourself on you profile, you want to be cautious about any other information you add. You may not really give it much thought- after all, a picture is just a picture. However, if you have your full name and address, it can be quite dangerous. It’s best if you just put your first name on your profile and never add an address. This will make it much harder for someone to get in touch with you offline.

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Be Vague with Your Location

Many of the social networking sites require you to choose a location. Some may allow you to simply select a region, while others require you to choose a city and state. If you can, you may choose to list only your state and not your city. If you must choose a city, you may want to consider using a nearby city, especially if you’re in a small town.

If you do live in a small town and you list that town, it makes it that much easier for an internet predator to get to you. Therefore, it’s a good idea to carefully choose your answer to the question of your location.

Don’t Post Any Other Specifics

In addition to the above, it’s best if you don’t post any specific information regarding your children, where your home is located, where you work, how much you make, when and where you plan to vacation, or any other identifying information. The less information you give, the less likely you will become a target.

Conclusion

Social networking websites are becoming more and more popular. They can be a great way to reconnect with friends and family who you have lost touch with and to meet new people who share your views, goals, interests, and beliefs. However, it can also be a place where internet predators can stalk you. If you keep these tips in mind, you should be able to enjoy social networking without having to watch your back.

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