Five Pictures You Should Never Post On Social Media

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It is important for you to always take a second look at your pictures before you upload them on social media, as they have the ability to endanger your job, your relationships, and your identity.

Birth certificate
Posting information that can be used to identify you on social media is the same as losing or giving it away. While a snapshot of the birth certificate of your new bouncing baby might seem like a heart-warming announcement about a major life change, it can put your little one at risk for identity theft.

A birth certificate is considered the “bedrock identifying document” and once someone controls it, preventing fraud is near impossible.

Work that isn’t copyrighted
You might be proud of your writing, but posting a snap of the poem or short story you’ve written before publishing isn’t the best idea—especially if you’re looking to submit to a journal or enter a competition.

Someone stealing your award-winning line might lead to a case of he-said, she-said when it comes to who originally created the work. Even if your writing only has sentimental value—and isn’t exactly Pulitzer worthy—posting it online makes it easy for people to copy, paste, and claim. Keep those words to yourself until they have been copywritten, and then have your fans buy the book instead.

Posting pictures of paychecks, credit cards, and wads of cash is just asking for trouble. Aside from being in poor taste, doing so increases the chances of you getting robbed. You should also steer clear of photos (or captions) that give away financial information such as the name of your bank.

Winning lotto ticket
If you’re lucky enough to snag a winning lottery ticket, be smart enough not to brag. Sharing betting slips isn’t a huge liability for small amounts, but, if they want to put in the effort, criminals can replicate the scannable barcode and steal your winnings.

Confidential work emails
It’s a good rule of thumb to keep work off of your social media, especially when it comes to confidential documents. While some laws exists to protect workers and help them speak freely and truthfully about the workplace (even when their feedback is negative) there are limitations.

If your company sent an exciting email about a new development or branding idea, the last thing you want to do is let the competition know. Airing complaints or posting pictures of “venting” conversations between you and coworkers—isn’t smart either. As a matter of fact, it can be a sure way to get sacked.

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