· Giving TMI may make you susceptible to identity theft and blackmail.
· Don’t post pictures of your children or say where you live.
· Don’t say when you are out of town.
· The less people know, the better off you are.
People are stupid. The Internet is the greatest medium for idiocy in human history. I remain baffled as to why people say what they say and how they say it. We’ve all read incomprehensible drunk posts and posts from people who write so poorly they seem drunk.
I would love to post some of the things I see on Facebook, but I would be breaking my own rules. I also don’t want to read Facebooks disclosure statement as it is very long and boring. I don’t want to incur the wrath of Facebook, which owns the content people post.
One of my favorite things to ask my wife is, “Did you see what her or she posted?” Both of us aren’t really shocked anymore.
It is better not to post pictures or information about yourself or your children because people can use this information against you. The less people know the better.
Regarding identity theft, we’ve all seen the “Nigerian scam” that usually comes in the form of an e-mail. People still fall for this. When you post detailed information online, it makes you more visible to scammers, scammers who know enough about you to sound more credible. Scams are called “confidence games” for a reason. The so-called “con” is that you believe what you are told.
Detailed information on social media supplied by you gives scammers the information they need to steal your identity. Likewise, it lets potential thieves know who you are, what you have, and when it is best to steal from you. Now, I’m speaking in general terms here, but why make it easier for people to steal from you or put yourself in danger unnecessarily?
The world is dangerous enough as it is. As a lawyer, I try and get my clients to minimize their chances of incurring legal liability. I believe this is a good way live too.
Don’t post about your family, especially children
Liability is one thing, but safety is a more important thing. There are a lot of sickos in the world, and the Internet makes it easier for these depraved individuals to find victims. It is the dark side of the Internet. The flipside of that is we can learn who sex offenders and other criminals are and where they live.
People love to post pictures of their children and detailed information about their children. I get the desire to tell people about your kids, but think about your kids’ safety. If you haven’t looked at your state’s sex offender registry, you should because there are a lot of them out there. They live closer than you think. When you put pictures on social media that give locations, then it tells these individuals where you are and who your kids are.
I’m not being alarmist in the least. Children and teenagers are molested far more than people realize, and that’s why parents should do ALL they can to protect their kids. So resist the urge to post your kids’ pictures online.
TMI is easily preventable. Giving too much information may make you more susceptible to identity theft, break-ins, and, most important, make your children vulnerable to predators.