Social media has changed the way we live our lives, some for the better others not. It is transparent and open and what you share is out there forever. It is better you know about it and manage it correctly than not knowing and living in false reality of how people perceive you just because they viewed your online profile.
Ensure that you manage and customise your privacy settings on your social media profiles. This will assist you in monitoring who can see certain details and what information appears online.
Be aware of who you add on your profiles, periodically review people and it's OK to remove those whom you feel no longer should have access.
Think before you share content online. What you share is a direct reflection on your reputation. Let others know what you do and do not want shared, and ask them to remove anything that you wish not to disclose.
What you say and do online can and will have an effect on your online reputation. The internet collects and archives information about you and how you are then perceived as a person and a professional to the public.
Regularly clean up your social profiles, if you not using an account delete it, however keep in mind the trail of information you have left. Keep it professional and simple.
Just as you need to be aware of your ID book, credit card or alert when you visit an ATM, the same goes for being online. Do regular searches to ensure your reputation and identity are intact. Hackers and identity theft are rife. Technology and techniques ever evolving, one must be vigilant to protect yourself online.
Job hunting is difficult enough and once proposed with a dream job, you don't want your prospective employer finding some unsavoury things online about you. It is recommended to separate your professional and personal profiles thus managing your privacy settings on what your friends see and what the public sees becomes ever more important. Be judicious about adding personal information on your social media profiles like your telephone numbers, address etc. Only be sure to include information appropriate in a professional context.
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