Technology Crime Suppression Division - TCSD

4 Things You Should Not Post Online

4 Things You Should Not Post Online

4 Things You Should Not Post Online

1. Location – There are two types of location data to think think about; data you choose to
post (active), and data that is gathered by your apps and devices (passive).
What to Do
• Check privacy settings on social networks
• Disable Automatic Location tagging for status updates or tweets
• Don’t check in at your home
• Check image background for identifiable landmarks
• Read Terms & Conditions to see what an app or service will do with your location data
• Remove EXIF information from photos
• Change Camera settings to not store location information in captured images

2. Addresses & Phone Numbers – Most of us don’t give out our address to strangers on the
internet – and for good reason. However, there may be times you don’t mean to expose
your address to the digital world.
What to Do
• When online shopping look for “https” in place of “http” in the URL
• Don’t post your address in public forums like Reddit, Twitter or craigslist
• If meeting someone from craigslist choose a public place for security and to prevent giving away your address
• Read Terms & Conditions and the site Privacy Policy to check information is not sold or used inappropriately, and be selective who you give your address to
• Redact or blank out address from images before posting, along with mail carrier barcodes

3. Identification, Credit Cards and Banking information – Having your ID stolen is one of the most stressful things that can happen to you. Depending on what the attacker chooses to do, you could potentially be locked out of your utilities, credit cards, and even your bank account.
What to Do
• Don’t post images of confidential, personal financial information, or IDs online
• If you have a legitimate reason to post, redact or blank out all confidential information

4. What Happens at Work, Stays at Work – While it’s always a hazard that work can intrude on your personal life, there are reasons why it’s best to keep the two separate.
What to Do
• Create custom Friends lists on Facebook for coworkers and limit personal posts to exclude coworkers
• Don’t post work projects or other confidential information on social media or elsewhere
• Never take or email documents (physical or digital) home unless on a company approved account or device
• When work frustrations build up, find a confidant in an existing social group rather than coworkers or anyone affiliated with the business. When possible only discuss work when in person
• Don’t criticise the business (current or previous) or any colleagues on a public forum or social network


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