On social networks we share our photos, thoughts, interests and personal data. However, we are not always aware of what threats may arise as a result of this action. Opening personal data can cause problems that we don't think about.
One of the main problems of opening personal data is the risk to the user's personal life. Data about where a person lives, where he works and where he spends his leisure time can be used by intruders for illegal actions, such as theft, violence, etc. Many users do not even realize that their personal data can become the object of crime.
Another problem is the possible artificial change of the user's identity. For example, someone can use someone else's profile to get personal information. There are other cases when fake profiles are used to lure money or to commit some kind of offenses.
In addition, the discovery of personal data on social networks can lead to problems in the workplace. An employer can study the profiles of their employees to understand what they do in their free time and how it can affect their work. Moreover, from a failed project at work or an incorrectly noticed phrase, one can draw a conclusion about the qualities of a person as a whole.
Do not forget about the social and cultural factors that can become a source of conflict. We are all different, and our opinion may not coincide with the opinion of the person closest to us. Information about our interests and social network subscriptions can cause disputes, conflicts and misunderstandings, which negatively affects our relationship.
How to protect yourself from the problems associated with the discovery of personal data in social networks? First of all, it is worth thinking about the amount of information that we post about ourselves. In order to preserve your privacy, it is useful to use the privacy settings and recommendations of the social network itself in this direction.
Regularly monitor your privacy level and try to respond to all unauthorized actions related to your profile. If you notice something suspicious, contact the technical support of the social network immediately.
Remember that your information is your own business. Try to prevent its disclosure and control the level of confidentiality so that your profile is objective and secure.