Social media has become an integral part of the way we communicate with individuals and other businesses. It's a platform where we can promote ourselves as well as access information on almost anything. However, social media is a double-edged sword. Though it may be fun and useful, it can be incredibly dangerous.
There are plenty of dishonest individuals who use social media. This means that though their profile may show one identity, they may actually be an entirely different person. Because of this, it is important to make sure you know the people you “friend” on social media. Do not accept “friend requests” from people you don't know. Your privacy is essential, for lots of websites and individuals will try to steal your identity and account information.
It is also critical to beware of what you post. Your current and future employers have access to your social media profiles, so ask yourself if you'd be okay with them seeing your account. Be sure to represent yourself in an accurate
professional manner on social media.
Social media caution becomes especially important if you are involved in a lawsuit. The best way to ensure safety is to take down all social media profiles entirely. If you choose not to take down your social media pages and profiles, make sure you have your privacy settings on the highest levels. This means only “friends” can see any of your information: not friends of friends or the general public. However, do not assume that you are safe because “friends” can unintentionally pass along information to strangers who may be working on behalf of the defense attorney or an insurance company. You should always assume anything you write, post, or publish can be seen by the defense lawyers, a judge, and maybe a jury of people who don't know you. Always think about how things can be perceived out of context because anything you say can and will be used against you.
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