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5 Great Reasons not to Share Posts on Social Networks

Although being in touch with near and dear ones is made a whole lot easier through the social networking sites, it also remains of the most poignant source of scare for hoaxes and frauds.

One such most common tool is the share or like button on social networking sites. It is through this button that fiddling and deceptions are framed profitably worldwide, leading to personal as well as social misery.

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As each of you form the set of connections that supports the entire experience of social networking, you need to be aware of the threats you are exposing yourself as well as your friends by clicking innocently the share button sometimes out of sympathy or sometimes out of entertainment.

Malware attacks

Sharing posts or photos, you find motivating, funny or empathic about, with your friends and family is quite a rage in the social networking sites. However, crooks and tricksters, to pass on malware attacks to our devices, exploit this habit heavily. Once you click the share button, it usually leads to some deceitful messages or pages and through further links pass on malware programs to your devices.

These malware programs once in your system can create havoc to spread either some potent virus or spyware. A virus is written by frauds to affect your device/systems data or spread through your device to others and cause total crash down of the World Wide Web network for political motives.

Spyware, on the other hand, works behind the scene and collects sensitive data from your device, to primarily support financial gains to the fraudulent accounts.

Scammer’s paradise

The social networking sites like Twitter, LinkedIn, tumbler, MySpace, Facebook, etc., are filled with scammers with a variety of immoral purpose. They come with various types of deceptive links, and mostly via the share button. Often posts of your friends, connections or favored companies encourage you to share these, thereby linking you to fraudulent or inappropriate websites.

It can be a sick kid looking up from hospital bed with posting that every share gains a dollar that will be spent by the company to heal them. Out of sympathy, you click the share button, which leads you out of the networking site to pages that may be inappropriate or fraud.

It could be a scammer’s idea to trick you into something, which is not fair and clean. It could also be a case of identity-theft robbing all your personal information, passwords, bank details, etc stored in your system. Or else, it could be used by online criminals to track you, harass you or arrange some scam around you.

It could also be a scheme by hackers to gain entry to your system for higher gains. The motives are varied but eventually all endanger your internet presence as well your physical one too.

Added fans for fraud pages

Cute or heart breaking photos of kids, animals etc, with messages like share if you love your parents, share if you have lost someone to cancer, share for a free iPad, share to donate, comment to see what happens, share to say he/she is brave, etc., are all forms of weird messages going around the networking sites.

These pages are mainly part of a mission to add fans or likes to pages designed for fraud, scams or hoax operators. Pages with more like are often treated as most in demand by the host companies of these sites and gets higher priority over others. After gaining such priority, the hoax pages are sold to fellow tricksters or hoax companies for hefty amounts.

Furthermore, the photos that are published in these posts are often stolen photos causing great distress for the families whose privacy gets shattered and thrown in a whirlwind of emotional turmoil.

Carry Information to advertisers

Many people other than your friends, relatives and connections on social networking sites, are interested in the information you post or share. Corporations, marketing agencies and debt collectors are few of the ones interested to use this information to judge our preferences as consumers or clients.

Often the information shared or reposted by you exposes your tastes and inclinations making you more like a guinea pig for advertisers to conduct market survey for their products or services. The social network hosts also use these as a medium to collect information about consumer pattern and sell it to advertisers for profitability.

Mislead your recruiters

Posts that are mostly poking at racial, political, sexual innuendos also pose another form of threat to our personal life. The social networking sites are often used, as a parameter by your recruiters or employers to evaluate your personality or candidature. Companies with strict disciplinary laws and regulations can also use your posts or share as a weapon to humiliate or even terminate your job.

In many countries, the judicial system also uses the information; you freely spread over the internet, as proof against your character or rationality. Extreme caution or careful steps should be initiated to screen what you choose to share or repost on these sites.

Conclusion

It is very important that you realize that you are solely responsible for all messages you post, like or even share through your social network profile. Making sure that what you share is genuine and not done because all others are doing so is in itself a big step to ensure your own privacy and security.

Vishal Gaikar

Vishal Gaikar

Vishal Gaikar is a professional blogger from Pune, India. He is Software Engineer, Web Addicted. At Shake the Tech, he writes on Technology, Gadgets & so on. Follow me @vishal
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