It is more important than ever to be vigilant about the information you share on social media sites (e.g. Facebook). Social media users’ activity-online and offline-is now much easier to track as a result of the integration between social media sites and third party applications or websites. For example, if you allow Facebook to show that you have “checked in” at a location or authorize a website to share the fact that you have visited the site, you create a trail that could be used against you.

In addition, devices and applications, once enabled, can automatically track and share your activity without any action on your part. Deleting posts after the fact will not completely erase the trail you leave; and deleting posts may create legal problems for you in certain situations. The best way to protect yourself is to carefully consider what you are posting before you post, and if in doubt, don’t post.