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Money Monday: Social media safety

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Julie Van Ameyde of Simply Social Media provides the following information:

Social Media Safety:

1.        No Such Thing as Private The internet is like an elephant -- it never forgets. While spoken words leave little trace and are quickly forgotten, written words endure in the online environment. Whatever you post, tweet, update, share -- even if it's deleted immediately afterwards -- has the potential to be captured by someone, somewhere, without your knowledge.
2.        Shhhh don't tell  Going on vacation?  Don't tell when, where, or with who and make sure your family doesn't either!  Stop posting you are leaving your home or that you are at the airport!  You are just asking for a break in!
3.        X Marks the Spot Be cautious about using geo-location services, apps, Foursquare, or any method which shares where you're at.  This includes Facebook's new feature "Find your Nearby Friends" or "Checking In.  With 1 in 6 Women who will be stalked in their lifetime, be careful! Snap a photo and post when you return home!  
4.        A Little Bird Told Me Every time you use Twitter, the government keeps a copy of your tweets. Sounds crazy, but it's true. According to the Library of Congress blog: "Every public tweet, ever, since Twitter's inception in March 2006, will be archived digitally at the Library of Congress.  We can expect this data to be mined in imaginable ways!
5.        Separate Work and Family Keep your family safe, especially if you have a high profile position or work in a field that may expose you to high-risk individuals. Some women have more than one social networking account: one for their professional/public lives and one that's restricted to personal concerns and only involves family and close friends.
6.        It's Your Fault If It's Default Keep track of your privacy settings and check them on a regular basis or at least monthly. Do not assume that the default setting will keep you safe. Facebook changes their settings often and you could find your information in the public eye.
7.        Review Before Posting Make sure your privacy settings enable you to review content in which you've been tagged by friends before they appear publicly on your page.
8.        It's A Family Affair Make it clear to family members that the best way of communicating with you is through private messaging or email -- not posting on your page.
9.        You Play, You Pay...in Loss of Privacy Online games, quizzes, and other entertainment apps are fun, but they often pull information from your page and post it without your knowledge.
10.      How Do I Know You? Never accept a friend request from someone you don't know.  Not sure?  Ask!
11.      How Old Are You Now? If you must share your birthday, never put down the year in which you were born. Using the month and day are acceptable, but adding the year provides an opportunity for identity theft
((source: about.com)

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