Social media has turned everyone into an expert with a platform to say what they want on a bevy of subjects, regardless of their knowledge or experience about a particular situation or topic being discussed.
The forum also has bestowed upon the would be viewing audience a bevy of photos, posts, updates and alerts about the most inconsequential of happenings. Being able to gather news, weather and sports at a glance is valuable. Knowing what your friend had for breakfast or getting the play by play on potty training from any of your followers hardly is pertinent.
But beyond the spectrum of worthwhile to worthless as it relates to social media is a more disheartening trend: postings and status updates that threatening to hurt your job or even put you at risk for anything from fraud to a home break in.
You should absolutely stay away from posting your pertinent information on any social media site, paying close attention to not listing your date of birth or even address. This type of information is a hacker's dream when it comes to gaining access to your bank information or credit history to essentially make things incredibly difficult for you. Identity fraud is highly common but also preventable if certain steps are taken to mitigate exposure of certain personal statistics. Tossing out that information on Twitter or Facebook isn't going to help your cause, either.
Almost as asinine as putting your birthday out for the world to see are the social media superstars who love to tout the fact that they're on vacation or not at home for anything from a few days to weeks upon end as part of a trip.
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