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Social media posts can come back to haunt you.

For most of us, status updates, hashtags, Instagrams, and Snapchats have become a part of daily life. With your phone constantly at your fingertips, it's easy to post without thinking.

Although the things parents and teachers say about the Internet are often eye-roll inducing, their warnings about Internet safety are actually worth listening to.

Protect your personal information, increase your likelihood of being employed and save face in relationships with friends and family by censoring what you post.

Make your personal information private

Almost every social media site has customizable security settings—and they are there for a reason. A private profile will prevent random strangers from getting access to your information.

Social media platforms such as Twitter and Instagram allow you to protect your tweets or photos. Some settings even allow you to approve of users before they can follow you.

Facebook has even more privacy options. It allows you to control who can see your posts, who can contact you, and who can look you up.

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Use privacy settings to control who can and can't access your posts.

When private becomes public

One of your beauty routines is a green mud mask that you apply at home. You decide to send a goofy Snapchat to your friend with a green, crazy face. Minutes later, you see that your friend screenshotted your Snapchat and posted it on Facebook.

This has probably happened to a lot of us. A friend sharing a silly picture of you might not be that big of a deal—but what if your Snapchat was of something you really didn't want everyone to see?

Almost everything you share privately can be saved and posted publicly later. Before you send any message or photo, consider whether or not it's worth the risk of it being shared to the public later...

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