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These days, thanks to the internet it’s easier than ever to share: what you’re doing, how you’re feeling, your likes, dislikes, passions and interests. As well as information and updates about yourself, family and friends. In other words, keeping everyone up to date about your life.

But take a moment to consider if what you share doesn’t have the effect you intended it to because it’s oversharing … giving away too much information.

We’re not talking about being embarrassed about something you posted the night before, but your home being burgled because you posted your family holiday pics, or your kids’ location being revealed from the geolocation settings on your or their phones. Your identity could even be stolen if a criminal pieces together the personal details in your profile, including guessing your passwords from your family or pets’ names.

Sounds familiar?

Because these and other serious consequences can result from oversharing, we’ve put together some expert tips to help you avoid them. Please read them, then take a step back and check what you’re exposing about yourself and others every day.

  • Check that your Facebook and other social media profiles – where possible – are set to private.
  • Consider that everything in your profiles, posts, comments and pictures may be seen by people other than your own contacts. This includes birthday, address, children, workplace and passport/driving licence details.
  • If you’ve used family members’, pets’ or your favourite sports team names for passwords or memorable phrases, don’t include them in profiles or posts/comments. And remember, it’s not secure to use these in your passwords anyway.
  • Respect children’s, other family members’ and friends’ right to privacy, which you may be compromising by sharing information, location and photos.
  • What goes online, stays online, possibly even after you’ve deleted. Think twice before sharing anything that might affect your or others’ current or future relationships or career.
  • Remember that granting access to social media data to enter a competition or survey may be revealing confidential details. Check terms & conditions.
  • Turn off location settings on your and children’s mobile devices to avoid giving away where you/they are.
  • It’s fun to post when you’re away from home, but today’s thief loves social media as much as you, and your insurance policy may not pay out if you’re burgled.