It's easy to be interested in something and post it on social media that all your friends and family members can see and maybe even the rest of the world. However, there are a few things you should not post online, even if it seems obvious.
Whether for a concert or a sporting event, it's generally not a good idea to post a photo of the website ticket on your social media accounts.
This is because nowadays almost all tickets use a barcode that is scanned at the gate to allow entry into the event. It's easy to copy these barcodes from a photo and then use them to create a duplicate ticket.
Someone can take this photo of their ticket and use it to gain access to a game or other event. So think twice before sharing the popular golden ticket online.
Credit & Debit Cards
This seems obvious, but it seems to be more than you think. Do not believe me This now-defunct Twitter account gives you the proof.
I know that it seems exciting enough to share a photo of your new send credit card (yay for rewards and money back!), But anyone can use all of these numbers on this card to buy something online. Worse, it may be the beginning of a complete identity theft.
If you want to publish a picture of your new credit card on social media, you should definitely do it, but take the time to pay all the numbers.
The holiday is finally here – time to report on Facebook! This boarding pass may seem innocent, but these barcodes and numbers can tell a bigger story than what appears at first glance. Think again before posting a picture of them.
Your airline's boarding pass contains a surprising amount of information, not just on the flight itself. By using some of this information, someone could access your entire frequent flyer account.
With only the last name and record search number, it is possible to access information, such as a person's phone number and future flights booked. It also allows someone to access and change seats as well as cancel future flights.
If you want to publish your boarding pass on social media, you may want to be a bit more strategic with your photo and make sure that no unique barcodes and numbers are visible.
Photos of Your Desk
It may seem harmless to publish a picture of your cluttered desk with the caption "Burning the midnight oil." Depending on the information you have lying around on your desk, you can disclose your company's confidential information or even your own.
Sticky notes on your monitor or various bills and memos on your desk can seem harmless But someone on the wrong side of the law might become curious and look for account numbers, passwords, specific names, and so on.
So if you post a photo of your messy desk (or hey, even a clean picture), make sure nothing is personal and confidential.
Your home address
Perhaps the holiest private information is your home address. Of course, many of your friends and family members know where you live, but you do not have to let the whole world know. Unfortunately, it may be easy to inadvertently inform the public about your address.
The most common event I see is that people post images of their homes on social media (whether they've been redesigned or just bought a new house) and the street number is clearly visible on the front of the house.
The number itself may seem harmless, but as long as someone knows which city you live in (which is not too difficult to understand), he can search for a handful of addresses in that city, starting with your street number, and then confirm with Google Street View.
Of course you should be proud of your new home and definitely post it on Facebook if you have to. But at least block the street number before you publish it on the social networks.
Do you have common sense and duplicate things
I'm not telling you that you should not publish all these things on social media. I love to brag about events and holidays. However, if you publish photos like this one, you should take the time to check that there is nothing unique or personal in the frame.
And if you're not sure if something should be posted in your social media account or not to see the world, then trust your gut and assume that you should not.
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