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Social Media Users Don't Understand Risks of Oversharing

The Vast majority of the internet users today have at least one active social network account. We are so used to sharing information about our personal lives that we never even stop to consider possible risks that we are oversharing.

The results of the National Privacy Test by NordVPN show that 81% of all respondents know that personal details such as home address may cause harm if shared publicly. On the other hand, information such as vacation photos or social plans look more innocent to share, even though they still carry risk.

Which information may harm you if shared on social networks?


Over 80% of all respondents realise that sharing their home address on social media can be dangerous. 69% percent of the respondents would think twice before sharing their phone numbers, and 68% know that giving away their current location may bring problems.

Less than 50% of the respondents agreed that sharing their photos while on vacation may be risky.

Vacation pictures
NordVPN statistics

Tips to avoid unsafe social media practices:

Wait till you get home to post your travel pictures.

Those who really need to share their photos with the world should at least wait till they are back home, and their home is not empty anymore. 

Check the privacy status of your social media settings.

Make sure that the settings are set on private sharing with friends or a select group of friends, and your photos are not visible to everyone.

Realise that everything you post online will stay online.

Photos that you post as a college student will still be there when you become a company director. Don't post things you might regret later.

Never share personal detail on Facebook.

Do not enter your address or phone number on Facebook where it can be visible to anyone. Do not create status updates sharing vulnerable information. 

Think twice before sharing about your feelings. 

According to research, people who share their feelings on social media often get bullied, while others look on and allow the harassment to happen.

Understand the dangers of free public Wi-Fi.

Cafes and shops often offer unsecured Wi-Fi networks, where hackers can easily steal data from anyone connected. Avoid free Wi-Fi unless you are using a VPN.


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