Numerous people have lost their jobs due to posting what they think is innocent content on social media. For some, the mistake is posting a joke. For others, the mistake is posting a picture. Take Ashley Payne, a teacher from Georgia, for example: her mistake was posting a picture of herself holding a glass of wine and a pint of beer on a personal social media profile. It didn’t take long for her to get fired.
Numerous examples like Payne’s abound, but the real error almost all the victims make is that of not paying careful attention to their online privacy.
If you don’t want to lose your job anytime soon, be sure to avoid the following privacy mistakes:
Another privacy mistake is that of adding coworkers and superiors on your personal social media. When you add coworkers and superiors on social media, you should know that nothing you do is private anymore. It could be on your profile in the morning and on the CEO’s desk in the afternoon. Worse, it could get you fired.
When eBay made news for being the victim of a hack that exposed the details of about 145 million users, everybody was surprised. Very few people knew, however, that the hack was only due to the computers of three key employees being compromised. Yes, eBay, an internet giant, was hacked because of the computers of a few of its employees.
Most employees used to working from public Wi-Fi without ensuring additional measures of security will pay for it sooner rather than later.
When working from a public Wi-Fi, take additional security measures:
There have been several cases of people being terminated due to stuff they posted years ago, that they think has been forgotten, resurfacing online.
The internet doesn’t forget.
What you innocently posted years ago could be dug out, reshared or sent to your employers. This can put you in a very tough spot. And it could cost you your job. Part of taking care of your privacy includes doing a thorough background check on yourself and cleaning stuff that could put you in trouble.
Social media sites by default thrive on information going around, so the default settings ensures people can see pretty much all you do. This could pose serious issues.
This article originally appeared on Payscale.
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