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5 Ways to Protect Yourself on Twitter

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I landed my current job with a tweet. Yes, you got that right. You see social media has the power to give and to takeaway. There are always two edges to the sword of social. Currently I have the pleasure of being a manager of Social Media at major international company, so I can speak with a little bit of authority on the subject, and the reality is, you need to be careful what you Tweet. Not only as a business, but as a regular old twitter.

There are a whole lot of ways that you can get yourself and your kids in trouble online. So here are 5 ways to protect yourself on twitter:

1. Be careful who you follow, my personal preference is to only follow back people who have an actual profile picture, and a legitimate about me section. This way you avoid spammers.

2. Never ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, click on a link that you don’t know for sure where it goes. It’s common sense I know, but still, spammers and bots are getting really creative this way. And if a friend gets hacked, and you think it might be a trusted source, still, proceed with caution.

3.  Consider whether or not you want to share photos and the names of your kids. Sadly, there are a lot of crazies out there, and while I’m okay with sharing picture of my kids, I typically don’t use there real names.

4. Don’t be afraid to block someone. The block button is your friend. If someone won’t leave you alone, block them. It’s strangely satisfying too.

5. Okay, number 5 should be a no-brainer, but just in case. Don’t ever give out your personal information to anyone on twitter, and especially don’t share anything publicly that you don’t want the universe to have access to. Keep these private: Phone numbers, email addresses, home/work address (only share these first ones through direct message if need be.) Never share these: Passwords, social security numbers, bank/credit card info, or anything else that could lead to identity theft, or just plain theft for that matter.

So there you go, 5 simple ways to protect yourself one twitter. Oh, and here’s a bonus, follow me at http://twitter.com/adam_thedad and if you’ve got questions, I’ve got answers.

Thanks for reading and happy tweeting.

Adam is a father of two crazy boys that keep him on his toes, strike that, running constantly. He also happens to be an extreme extrovert and thrives when surrounded by people he enjoys. You can trust him, he’s Canadian…Adam loves his family, his friends, baseball (especially during the playoffs), cars, and tech. Adam thinks he’s pretty funny and hopes you agree. If you don’t, he respectfully requests that you just smile and nod, he won’t notice. You can find also find Adam at OC Family where he “helps dads be better dads” and on Twitter @adam_thedad
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