Your upcoming trip is coming stop bragging about it.Bragging about your upcoming trip online might seem harmless, but snapping a photo of your boarding pass is a definite don’t. Sure, your followers already know your name—and they might even know your destination—but according to Brian Krebs, author and founder of Krebsonsecurity.com, which specializes in investigative stories on cyber crime and computer security, other personal data is at risk. Your frequent flyer card and passenger name record (PNR) could be jeopardized with a social post. With a little finagling, hackers can access your earned miles, phone number, date of birth, and even passport data. Based on your booking number, criminals can also find out when you leave and return. Knowing that no one is home could entice burglars to break in while you’re away.
You have so much money? So what? Posting photos of paychecks, credit cards, and wads of cash is just asking for trouble. Aside from being in poor taste, doing so increases the chances of you getting mugged. Also steer clear of photos (or captions) that give away financial information such as the name of your bank.
3.WINNING LOTTO TICKETS
If you’re lucky enough to snag a winning lottery ticket, be smart enough not to brag. Sharing betting slips isn’t a huge liability for small amounts, but, if they want to put in the effort, criminals can replicate the scannable barcode and steal your winnings. You don’t want them to get your information, so make sure you know the 20 cyber security secrets hackers don’t want you to know.
Posting identifying information on social media is equivalent to losing it—or giving it away. While a snapshot of the birth certificate of your new bouncing baby might seem like a heart-warming announcement about a major life change, it can put your little one at risk for identity theft. According to the Identity Theft Resource Center, allowing this government document to fall into the hands of a stranger could do permanent damage. A birth certificate is considered the “bedrock identifying document” and can get you a new Social Security card, passport, and driver’s license. Once someone has control of it, proactively preventing fraud is near impossible.
5.MEMORIES FROM A DRUNKEN NIGHT
As a rule of thumb, you should never post anything online that you wouldn’t want a potential employer to see. While Inc.com reports that a picture of you holding a beer may no longer be as big of an issue as it used to be, repeated photos showing you obviously intoxicated doesn’t make a great first impression. And that alone can kill your chances at getting a new job. What employers definitely won’t tolerate, however, are photos or mentions of illegal drugs and racial slurs. Even if you post them jokingly, others won’t see them that way. According to TIME, if your current company believes that behavior is hurting their own reputation, you could get fired.