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Sharing Safely on Social Media
By: Jessica Cherok
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The holidays are fast approaching and probably the last thing you want for Christmas is to have your identity stolen. Protecting yourself isn’t as simple as making sure you’re careful with your credit card online. You probably don't want to have your house broken into, either. Unfortunately, a lot of crimes are committed by using the  critical information we willingly give up about ourselves.

Of course you’re excited about taking that family ski trip, but it’s a good idea to skip blasting that information across your social media profiles. Believe it or not, criminals really do scan through Facebook profiles, Foursquare check-ins, and so on to find out when people aren’t at home.

In light of Google and Facebook’s recent changes to their privacy settings, now is a great time to go back and check yours. It may seem somewhat tedious to sort though all of the various settings, but when weighed against being the victim of a crime, the trouble is well worth it. Thankfully, both companies have much improved in explaining their policies in a way users can more easily understand.

For more information on how to protect yourself online, check out StaySafeOnline.org.


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Jessica Cherok is an advocate for online privacy, campaigning for ethical data practices and the protection of personal privacy.
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