IRVINE, Calif., Jan. 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Resolutions are as much a part of the holiday season as Christmas trees and fruitcakes. As the old year winds down and the new year dawns, many of us take a look at our lives and look for ways to do better.
Those New Years' resolutions do not have to be confined to losing weight and getting more exercise. Those things are important, of course, but changing your online behavior can be just as smart a move.
Social media has opened up a whole new world, but many people are making some serious mistakes as they navigate Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other popular sites. When the new year comes around, you might want to include these social media resolutions in the list of promises you make to yourself.
Clean Up Your Friend List
Take a good look at your list of Facebook friends. How many of those people do you actually know? Chances are there are plenty of people on that list that you have never actually met. Some may be friends of friends, but others may actually be strangers. It doesn't hurt to go through that list once in awhile and remove people you do not know.
Check Your Privacy Settings
Go Through Your Online Photos
It is not unusual for potential employers to troll through the Facebook profiles and Twitter feeds of job applicants. Resolve to go through your online photos and look for potentially embarrassing ones. You may not want your future boss to see that picture of you having a drunken good time in Cancun.
Social media makes it easy to share your life, but that is not always a good thing. Vow to stop over-sharing on your social media pages. Your friends do not need daily pictures of your daily breakfast plates.
Change Your Password
If you have not already done so, the beginning of the year is the perfect time to change your password. Changing your online passwords frequently is one of the best ways to protect yourself from hackers and identity thieves.
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