It may not be the best idea to share your senior photo on social media.

People have been sharing their own high school yearbook pictures as a way to show support for 2020 high school seniors. I don't understand how this is showing support, to be honest. "Hey, check out the picture from my final year of high school that was probably much better than yours." Yup. It seems like a logical way to show support. Now, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) is advising against sharing those photos.

An article by KOIN-TV in Portland, Oregon explains how sharing the name of your high school and the year you graduated is giving the bad guys a morsel of information that could lead to identity theft.

All it takes is an internet search to reveal more information about you, such as family members, your real name, birthdate or even where you live. (BBB)

Even if you think these pics and posts are only going out to "your friends" remember it is the internet. Whatever is uploaded to the internet lasts forever. The same goes for sharing things like the vehicle you drive, your favorite TV show, sports teams, and more.

What most people forget is that some of these “favorite things” are commonly used passwords or security questions. If your social media privacy settings aren’t high, you could be giving valuable information away for anyone to use. (BBB)

The Better Business Bureau shared three key steps to keeping your personal information as private as possible when it comes to social media.

Resist the temptation to play along. While it’s fun to see other’s posts, if you are uncomfortable participating, it is best to not do it.

Review your security settings. Check your security settings on all social media platforms to see what you are sharing and with whom you are sharing.

Change security questions/settings. If you are nervous about something you shared possibly opening you up to fraud, review and change your security settings for banking and other websites.

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JB Love is ½ of  Q98.5's Lil Zim & JB In The Morning, weekday mornings from 5:00 a.m. to 10 a.m. Follow him on Twitter, Instagram.

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