10 Facebook Mistakes For Graduates To Avoid

By David Cohen 

McAfee Internet Security Expert Robert Siciliano shared his list of 10 mistakes graduates should avoid on social networks in a post on McAfee blog, pointing out that the security company’s Love, Relationships, and Technology study found that 13.7 percent of respondents aged 18 through 24 knew someone who lost their job due to images or messaged that were publicly posted.

The study also found that:

  • Only 40 percent of smartphone owners have password-protected their devices.
  • 13 percent of adult respondents have had personal content leaked to others without granting permission.
  • 12.5 percent of adults are concerned that information or photos from their college days will catch up with them during their careers.
  • More than one-quarter of adults 18 through 54 would be concerned if their colleagues or bosses saw personal images or emails online, as were more than one of every three 18- to 34-year-olds.
  • 11 percent of respondents aged 18 through 24 have been confronted by potential or existing employers over social media content.

Siciliano’s list of 10 mistakes to avoid:

  1. Don’t deny this fact: You are being judged every second of the day by people who are in a position to hire and fire you.
  2. Don’t do that! Learn from other people’s mistakes. When you see someone get in trouble, fired or arrested, don’t do that.
  3. Don’t friend people you don’t know.
  4. Don’t take or allow others to photograph/video you with alcohol in your hands, drinking, smoking, doing anything illegal, scantily clad (or less), or making those stupid faces. You are an adult now.
  5. Don’t like, share, or retweet racist, homophobic or off-color media or comments that make you look like a jerk.
  6. Don’t swear. Ever. It’s OK to say flippin’, freakin’, heck, maybe even effing, and shite. But once you start dropping F-bombs, you look like an angry, uncouth juvenile delinquent. And seriously, I swear like a cage match fighter — but not online.
  7. Don’t log on while amorous or inebriated. Nothing good can come of that.
  8. Don’t ever talk about anyone in authority — your boss, coworkers, teachers, students, the president, or anyone, for that matter — in a negative tone. Seriously. Unless the person is a serial killer or oppressive dictator, play nice.
  9. Don’t be so public. Lock down your settings. Most social networks have privacy settings that need to be administered at the highest level. Default settings generally leave your networks wide open to attack.
  10. As Howard Stern’s dad used to say to him: “I told you not to be stupid, you moron.” You have been warned.

Readers: Anything to add?

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