Making posts on social networks can be addictive, and we often end up sharing too much information on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.
No matter how innocent it may seem, only to be shared with friends, there are many mischievous people out there who can take advantage of this information for something serious. To do this, you have to control yourself and think twice before posting something that could be harmful, or even take advantage of social networks that offer the option to create lists so that posts are sent to only one group.
But if you still have doubts about what precautions you should take to avoid committing yourself to the internet, check out the list below with seven things that everyone posts on social networks, but they should not.
1. Bus and plane tickets
When buying the plane ticket or bus of your so desired trip, the excitement of sharing with the world the conquest is great. However, some people forget that they contain valuable information that, if they fall into the wrong hands, can cause disruptions that lead to more bureaucracy.
But if you really want to share this, do not forget to put a picture or delete important information such as boarding gate, time of departure and arrival, among others. Some social networks rely on this editing option natively, but you can also use some application for this.
2. Tickets for shows and movies
Thinking about the same excitement about plane tickets or buses, the practice of sharing shows and movie tickets is also quite common. In this case, what can compromise is the disclosure of the bar code or QR Code, which can be copied and cloned by criminals to enter the event if passing through you.
To avoid this inconvenience and do not need to pay a new ticket, if you are posting a photo of the tickets, do not forget to cover important information.
3. Debit and credit cards
This topic even seems obvious, but many people still often share photos of debit or credit cards with the numbers popping up. This can cause theft of card data, which can be used for various purposes such as identity theft, card cloning, undue purchases on your behalf and many other cases.
Again, remember: cover all the numbers if you are posting a photo of your new card.
4. Home address or photos in front of the home
Malicious people are everywhere and may appear to be good people, believe it or not. An example of this is the recent series You, Netflix, which shows the story of a man who is obsessed by a woman and can discover absolutely everything about her through social networks, including her address.
To avoid this kind of situation, try not to take photos that show the facade of your house or building, let alone divulge your address. Maybe you feel like marking out your condo or a fun name you created for your home, but this practice is very dangerous. Avoid it!
5. Pictures of your office desk
A photo of your office may even look harmless, but have you checked if there is any important information on your desk, some other piece of furniture, or the wall?
If you leave any cards or correspondence, for example, appear in the photo, a malicious person may try to approximate the image and use the data found to commit some illegal act, such as those already mentioned above.
6. Pictures of children in school uniform
Posting photos of children, be they children, siblings, cousins, is a practice that is also quite common, but needs to receive even more special attention. Little ones are often the victims of criminals, and any carelessness can be a step for something terrible to happen, such as posting pictures showing the school uniform in which they study or otherwise disclosing the institution’s name in some other way.
If you are posting a photo, try changing your child’s clothing before or cover a call sign that shows where they are studying. All care is little when it comes to children.
7. Check-ins from places you always go to
To finish the list, be sure to pay attention to the places where you usually check in, whether it’s in Instagram photos or in public publications on Facebook. Making frequent posts in the same place may indicate that you are always there, obviously catching the attention of malicious people. Try not to mark the place at all times or avoid photos or stories that show where you are or where you are.
Recalling that these practices do not always mean that something will happen, but as the famous saying goes, “better safe than sorry”.