Do you use social media for business, pleasure, or both? Many treat platforms like Facebook and Instagram as big popularity contests. Amassing huge numbers of followers can be personally exhilarating – whether you want to feel like a rock star or build out a business. However, it can also expose you to personal risk.
For example, even if you share posts and photos only with people you know and trust, those connections may not always cultivate awareness about sharing your information with others. And even after you delete posts, others will still have access and the ability to keep sharing. This is true on almost every social media platform.
In general, it’s best to assume that anything you ever share has the potential to be seen by anyone, anywhere.
Being aware of how things are shared and what privacy settings are available can help you get the most out of your favorite platforms while staying safe and safeguarding your safety, privacy, and reputation.