Online Safety for 20-somethings



Online safety for 20-somethings

I don’t know why but recently I’ve been thinking a lot about internet safety and the effects of being on social media 24/7. While I think most of us are past the age of being groomed online and know not to give our bank details over to some Nigerian Prince. There are other safety issues that could effect twenty somethings. Here are some reasons you should be more cautious and careful about the things you post online.

Nothing is Private

While you might have your social media set to private it’s not always the case when we live in an age when everything can be screenshotted and passed on. It’s naive to presume only the people you want to see your social media can see it. Also be aware things can go viral very quickly so you might have so just be careful about saying dumb stuff online. There really aren't any secrets on the Internet

Your Boss may see

Remember that your employees might see the things you post on social media. Your prospective employee is likely to give you a google - Things like revealing photos or talking about excessive drinking or drugs are a no-go. Plus if you’re posting on Facebook how much you’re enjoying your weekend away when you called in sick. Theres been a lot of cases in the past few years of people getting in major trouble for posting things about their job online and have been fired. So just be aware.

People can string information together

Be aware that anyone can work out a lot of personal details based on tiny bits of information online. While you might not have posted your full address online you may have accidentally geotagged a photo from your home or in the background of a photo there is a letter with your address on it. I learnt the hard way that people can put little bits of information and come up with very detailed information about your life. To be honest it’s actually unnerving how some dedicated people can work things out about you. Remember when eagle eyed fans worked out where Zoella lived based on a Lookbook Niomi made and the view behind her in a video?

Don’t reveal your Location

While the chances of someone coming up in person to stalk you you just never know what might happen. I don’t tend to ever tweet about the exact location Im at and always “later gram” any pictures of places I’m at. I don’t know, that’s just one of those things Im cautious about! Simple things like tweeting your going to be out of your house on holiday for a few weeks is pretty much an advert saying “Hey, my house is empty!”

Avoid Misunderstandings 

Tone on the internet is incredibly hard to grasp on the internet. Since there is no sarcasm button for social media posts it’s very easy to offend someone without realising it. You might say something off the cuff or innocent, but can be taken completely the wrong way. Avoiding confrontation and thinking twice before posting something controversial or offensive in public can protect you from any sticky situations or arguments. While sharing your thoughts is a really important part of social media just be aware of your words.

Your photos could end up anywhere

I remember a friend telling me a photo of her had ended up on a “Meet these HOT GIRLS today” banner on a porn website and she’d never been more humiliated. There was simply nothing she could do about this because she has no idea how to go about contacting them person to remove her image. Any images can be shared and saved or even stolen to be used without your knowledge. This is a hard one to protect yourself from but it’s just something you should be aware of.

It’s always there

One huge downside of the internet is that once it’s there is pretty much permanent information out there for all to see. I always treat things like they might be on the internet forever. This includes photos, tweets, images and any blog posts. It might be okay at the time but in the long term is this information I want people to see about myself? Always keep up to date with any social media policy changes. Facebook is a killer for changing it’s privacy settings all the time so just keep an eye out for things like that!information.

Don’t post dumb things

While you might post something a little tongue in cheek and ironic people may see it out of context.Your circumstances might change over time and if you’ve posted a dumb tweet that’s gone viral or a photo of you in a then-funny-halloween-costume which could be embarrassing in a few years time.

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  1. This is all too true! I think that a lot of us are only thinking about ourselves in the now and not the us in twenty years time! One thing I have been thinking about lately is that you should have control of what comes up if you are googled. Eg having your own website that you can control that has your achievements, or a positive outlook.

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  2. As soon as I saw this post, I clicked on it straight away. I think it's really important to remember that although we're not children anymore and think we're pretty savvy on the internet, there's still dangers out there. Great tips <3

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  3. These are such essential tips, there's a real balance on being personal and keeping some privacy online and being professional with being too dumb on social media is so important - any one could see a mistake and never let you forget it!

    Lauren x
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  4. These are all so true!
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  5. hey, this is so true. I always think about how im being perceived and its scary how people can stalk others like that :/

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  6. Useful tips Lily! Totally agree with these points, everyone should be more aware! Great post

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  7. Great tips!! Thank you for sharing!!

    Nikoleta, xoxo.

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  8. Oh wow that with Zoella is terrifying, I can't believe that people would actually go so far. You're totally right with this article, rather post too little than too much on your social networks when it comes to personal life!

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  9. So true! The majority of people are too caught up in the now and don't think about the consequences of what they do X

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  10. I hadn't thought of some of these... Ahhh there is honestly so much danger out there it's crazy. Thanks for sharing these tips though!!! :)

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  11. This is a hugely important post!
    I used to do alternative modelling when I was 18 and a lot of those images ended up online - at the time I wasn't bothered because it was what I wanted to do but now I'm older I hate the fact that they're there and can't be removed, and live in almost constant fear of employers getting the wrong idea of me or my parents stumbling across them. xo
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  12. Love this post, always have to remember that anyone can see everything!
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  13. Everything you said is just too true, I'm always conscious of what I post because I don't fancy any repercussions!
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  14. So many people don't think about these things before they post! It's scary what happened to Zoella and your friend too x
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  15. This is a much needed post. I think people can be too naive on the internet and don't realise its scope.

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  16. i've had the exact same thing happen to me, a photo of me ending up on a very dodgy adult website (the photo is a normal photo, nothing dodgy!) with absolutely no idea how it got there or how to get it removed. i was told about it years ago but it still bothers me now, i always thought all of my social media profiles were hyper private and locked but obviously not, :/ the internet is a scary place!xx

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  17. Its so great that you made this post because I feel like people of all ages should be aware of internet safety. Its actually scary how quickly people can find out information about you. This is a great post xxx

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  18. Great tips! These are definitely all so true, particularly the one about your photos being able to be sent and saved anywhere. It's pretty scary to think about what some people may decide to unknowingly screenshot.

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  19. These are all true! being cautious on the social media is soooo important in case something bad happens!

    great post ^_^

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  20. This post is so relevant as I think it's so easy to think we're safe from the dangers of the internet since we've grown up with it! It's definitely easy to get caught up in fast pace of social media and post things that you'll later regret but are out there forever! I think most of us in our 20's sometimes need a reminder that there is a world outside of social media to, which functions very differently, i definitely do!

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  21. Most annoying 'dumb thing' I see ALL the time are passive aggressive postings on Facebook/Twitter/etc. about someone's work life. I see this from friends, as well as colleagues I follow. I know people like to let off steam online, but once it's out there, it's there - and it could land you in hot water if you're not careful.

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  22. YESSSSSSSSS. Interesting to note Google's (now not very new) thing where you can actively have search listing removed against your name. But yeah, great points. Also - be freaking careful what you do and say even in private conversations on your phone. A friend of mine had her phone stolen and they started posting sexts and photos on her Facebook that she had sent to her boyfriend. Was not a good day.

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  23. This is a great post Lily, it's so true what you say and the fact that the information is out there is really scary. I'm very much like you and don't put my location on the internet, it scares me thinking someone could maybe find out where I am.

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  24. I find it terrifying how some people can learn so much from the little information you give out! xxx
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  25. This is a great post - I feel like as a teenager online safety was rammed down our throats but as an adult no one talks about it! I once told a friend that I was going on a Tinder date and I think she thought it was weird that I wanted to let her know I was back safely! I see people putting super personal things on FB and just cringe sometimes - anyone could be looking at it! x
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  26. So true to be honest I really don't think of these particularly the idea of people using my photos without permission...slightly scary x

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  27. So true! I definitely have the later-gram thing or I 'check in' somewhere as I'm leaving - you never know what weird stalkers there may be out there! xx
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  28. This is really useful I didn't think about a lot of those things, especially instagramming being in a cafe or something!

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  29. This is a really good post!

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  30. I feel that this post is very helpful to everyone, it's definitely important to keep some privacy and not give everything away on social media.

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  31. This is all so important.
    Once upon a time all I did was complain on Twitter and all social networks but I realised how negative that was and how it could affect me in the future so I took a long break from social media and unfollowed all the negative people on my timeline. I am much better now.

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  32. These are such important lessons, and I feel like as we grow out of our teens we tend to forget that internet safety is still important.

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  33. glad you shared this Lily, more people should definitely be aware of internet safety especially in this day and age of major social media usage..thanks for sharing these things :)

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  34. This is an amazing post! It is very important to think through what are you puting online.

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  35. This is a great post! I wish I had read it about 10 years ago when I first started using the internet. A lot of it was trial and error and of course everyone makes mistakes, there's been times when I look back and wonder why I would share something that I didn't want my employers possibly seeing.

    When I post I make sure it's something I wouldn't mind if my Father or Boss stumbled on.

    Thank you!

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  36. LOVE this post! So true, accurate, and insightful for people who may not even think about these things. I've worked alongside people in the past who have lost their jobs because of social media. It's reallllly not worth it.

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  37. This is so true! I always post instagram pictures late because I'm a little paranoid about things like that. x

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  38. Serrrrrrrriously good advice. Especially about the geotagging on Instagram: I really need to go through all of mine and check that they're not showing anything!

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