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What’s Your Online Personality? Consider These Online Safety Tips

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Have you ever considered if you have an online personality? Have your posts become so predictable that you’ve become a social media cliché? Do you ever consider the impact of your behavior online? As a blogger, I often share personal information online, but I try to be very careful about protecting myself and my family in a variety of ways. Here are my personal online safety tips:

Don’t Share Your Location
I do not share my actual town, only my general metro location. I also turn off location settings on my phone and apps so if I share a photo online it does not save or share my current location.

Don’t Share Identity Information
While my name is shared, I don’t share my address, phone number or any account numbers online.

Protect Your Children
While I do share photos of my children, I never share their names, locations, or school names. If I see family members tagging them in any way, I ask them to remove the tags. Only recently did my kids get email accounts. They have completely fictitious personal information in the accounts and are monitored by me daily.

Watch What You Say Online
If you put it online, it’s there forever. Are you writing something that you wouldn’t mind sharing with the world? Is it something that an employer would be OK with? Consider these factors before clicking that Share button. Act online in a manner that reflects the reputation you want to earn.

Microsoft research found that 79 percent of hiring managers and job recruiters surveyed in the U.S. said they routinely review online reputational information when considering job applicants.

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Microsoft created this fun video for you to consider what your online personality might be. Find out more taking the quiz at

This Microsoft site also has great information and tips about cleaning up your online profile.

Have you ever considered your online reputation? Have you done anything to make changes? Do you have other online safety tips? Share your thoughts in a comment.

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  1. I think that I’m pretty online savvy,k but the things that some of my teenage grand children do, scares the daylights out of me.

  2. Patty says:

    I know I get a lot of erm, proposals from Middle Eastern men. I think they want my goats. My husband says that I am a woman with 7 goats so I am probably a catch. He wonders what he can get for me.

  3. Dede says:

    Being online is so transparent these days. Thanks for the reminder to use safety precautions!

  4. Dina says:

    these are great tips! I’m so leery of sharing way too much info online!

  5. Stevie says:

    I’m with you- I rarely ever share my location. And never my address. It’s scary out there now, so I hope most people do not share this type of info online. Anyone can come across it.

  6. Brandy M. says:

    I am middle of the road with internet safety. I do mention my children’s names and pictures. People who know me know where I live and where my kids go to school so I don’t think I have ever mentioned that part online. On my blog page I do use pictures and names but not actual locations. That being said it wouldn’t be that hard to figure out exactly which town I live in. It’s rather small and known for an aspect my blog follows.

  7. katherine says:

    These are great tips – I always watch what I say online

  8. The Microsoft video was helpful. I think we all need to be reminded about this at least once a week.

  9. I do some of these and don’t event realize it. I need to to more to stay safe.

  10. I definitely don’t add location for Twitter and Facebook. I do “check in” places but usually wait until I am about to leave before I do.

  11. I try to make sure my kids remember this. It’s hard to get them to understand that online really is forever!

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