Are you obsessed with flaunting too much on social networking platforms? Do you enjoy sharing all the events happening in your personal life with the virtual world? Is everyone in your network always aware about your travelling plans? Do you feel proud in flashing with the online community, your event calendar, which comprises of all the forthcoming events that you are planning to attend? If your head nodded against any of the above questions then better beware because you are being watched.
At the outset, let me make it very clear that your social networking account is solely your property and it’s only you who have the right to decide that what and how much you want to reveal about yourself and your activities with the virtual world. I am no one to stop you from sharing your stuff with whoever you wish too. I very well know that it’s none of my business to interfere in your personal life. Hence, this blog is not meant to question your personal choice in any manner, rather it’s an attempt to throw some light on the risk involved with opening up too much on social networking platforms. I urge everyone to read this blog with an open mind and also educate others about the risk they carry with their social networking accounts.
No doubt there is an ocean of data available on the subjects pertaining to the dangers and precautions to be taken while dealing with the virtual world. Still, all of us tend to make mistakes every now and then and hence we need timely reminders to save us from any unfortunate event that might occur otherwise in our life. As such, I have tried to jot down three of the most common practical mistakes visible on social networking platforms which make us vulnerable to a lot of threatening incidences.
The three most common mistakes on social networking platforms are excessive sharing of –
- Personal Information – If you feel proud to share your personal life and most importantly your pictures every now and then revealing yourself in expensive attires, displaying the places you often visit, your workplace, your contact details, exposing the details about your family members, name of your kid’s school or any place they frequently visit, etcetera. Then better be cautious because you and your family members are prone to very high risk. The social networking platforms are being watched from every corner and who knows you might soon be hosting an uninvited guest knocking at your door. Sharing of excessive information might also lead to someone stalking you. So it’s better for you to keep a check on things you want to share with others so that you don’t risk your life, as well as, the life of your closed ones. Now next time before sharing too much of your personal information make sure that you at least have a Z+ security by your side to safeguard you from any kind of unwanted incidences happening in your life.
- Travel Plans – One of the biggest blunders being committed on social networking accounts is to share the travelling plans. I mean just imagine that you are leaving your home and you publish that information in front of the entire world. By this kind gesture of yours “especially towards the thieves” you not only open your gates for them to trespass your home with utmost ease but, at the same time, you also put the life of your loved ones back home, at stake. Just because you want to flaunt in front of the entire world that you are travelling to different locations on business, personal or vacation trips, you publish such critical information, which in itself is a sufficient data for a person with malicious intentions to take advantage of. Such casual posts of yours, act as the most vital information about your absence from the place of residence. Don’t forget that in this data mining age your account details could very well be churned up based on your past information to extract details such as the most likely time for your next vacation trip, etcetera. Now you can just imagine how safe you, your family members and your property back home is, after that post of yours. Isn’t it a suicidal attempt?
- Event Calendar – If you feel proud in flashing with the online community, your event calendar consisting of all the forthcoming events you are planning to attend in the near future, then it’s the right time for you to hear the danger bell ringing exclusively for you. No doubt you get that urge to exhibit in front of the entire world, the prestigious events (which others can’t afford to go) or even the social gatherings you are going to attend, but by this small act of yours, you simply give an opportunity to someone with malicious intentions to either stalk you or even trespass your place in your absence. Showcasing things to the outside world may be a matter of extreme pride for you, but do give it a thought that is your over flaunting attitude somehow making your life too prone to unwanted risk or what.
However, one could easily counter on this by replying that sharing their personal stuff is a means of being in touch with other people. If they wouldn’t be sharing all that, then such platforms would never have been a real success. If people like them don’t flaunt themselves on such platforms then how would others be able to pass their time? It’s only because of people like them who share the so-called interesting stuff that others get the opportunity to peek into their life and enjoy. To all this, I would simply like to say that we are extremely obliged to them for sharing their personal stuff in abundance and we also look forward to more and more “personal” stuff coming from them.
Now, it’s up to you whether you want to “Share Smartly or Simply Share”. The choice is yours after all life is yours. Further, if you think that sharing your details only with “Friends” or “Friends of Friends” is quite safe, then sooner or later this bubble of yours will get burst too, because when the social networking accounts of big personalities are easily being hacked then you can just imagine how safe your account is.
As rightly said by Mr. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe “Precaution is better than cure”, so let us all be cautious before any unfortunate event happens with anyone of us because of our excessive information sharing attitude. Everything has a positive and a negative side attached to it and it’s for us to decide and take advantage of the positive side, while not getting carried away by the negative side. Stay safe and do take a very good care of yourself and everyone around you. Be guided and share the information with others too. Act smart and make use of the social networking platforms wisely.
Be in touch.