Social media allows millions of people to reconnect and stay up-to-date with family members, friends, acquaintances and even former in-laws. But as social media reshapes the way we communicate with one another, it’s important to keep a couple of things in mind to protect yourself and your data.
Remember that there’s no “delete” button on the Internet. Even if something seems temporary, a simple screenshot or check through the archives can make it permanent. Even if you keep your social media completely private, relationships change, and what was private yesterday may suddenly become public record. The question you need to ask is whether you’ll be comfortable in 10 years with what you’re posting today.
In the same vein, if you post in online forums or on message boards, consider using a pseudonym. Never share names of real businesses, clients, friends or family. If a bank manager wouldn’t allow a picture of all the money in the vault to be shared on the web, you shouldn’t allow a picture containing confidential, financial, legal or other protected documents and items to be shared either. A good social-media policy in the office now can save headaches down the road.