Internet identity - Is Social Media Stealing Your Online Identity? @SEOMalkamDior

I'll show you how to avoid social media cybercrime and find your identity in the one voice that really matters, not the million of voices online.

How many hours do we spend scrolling Facebook newsfeeds, retweeting something on Twitter, or posing for the perfect selfie on Instagram, hoping what we post will get likes and comments from our friends and followers? To get those likes, we post what is—according to social media standards—pretty, popular, and acceptable.

What is Social Media Identity?

"Internet identity (IID), also online identity or internet persona, is a social identity that an Internet user establishes in online communities and websites. ... An online identity may even be determined by a user's relationship to a certain social group they are a part of online". - according to Wikipedia

Millennials need this message of where to look for validation and truth. Social media has changed our world and its not going anywhere. We need to be faced with the truth of how Internet identity - Social Media is actually Stealing Your Online Identity? 

- Consumers wary of social media privacy protection (Infographic) -

According to an article titled -
'Social media affects teens’ self-esteem, personal identity'

How does social media affect people's identity?

This constant exposure to “perfection” from social media affects a teen's self-identity, self-esteem and even may cause depression. ... Social media can affect a teen's self-esteem by changing their entire style such as clothes, music, and personality and even change what kind of friends they have." - 

We hide the messy parts of life, play up the fun times, and even twist the truth a bit so we look a little better, smarter, and funnier. But what happens when people start holding us up to these unrealistic standards? Social media can be used for harm here's how to avoid that. 

- Privacy at a Breaking Point INFOGRAPHIC -

Best Practices to find your identity in the one voice 
"Before you jump online and cancel all of your social media accounts, consider that there are ways to be smart about what you share and who you share it with.
By following the best practices outlined below, you can enjoy the benefits of social media without making yourself a target for criminals.
  • Never, ever give out your social security number or driver’s license numbers. 
  • Consider unique user names and passwords for each profile. 
  • Vary your passwords and change them regularly. 
  • Don’t give out your username and password to third parties (even if it helps you connect to others and build your network). 
  • Assuming you plan to be active in social media, minimize the use of personal information on your profiles that may be used for password verification or phishing attacks. 

- Poll Shows Social Media Usage is Growing, But So Are Concerns On Personal Privacy -

  • Avoid listing the following information publicly: date of birth, hometown, home address, year of high school or college graduation, primary e-mail address. 
  • Only invite people to your network that you know or have met, as opposed to friends of friends and strangers. 
  • For password security verification questions, us a password for all answers (rather than the answer to the specific question, like “What is your mother’s maiden name?”). 
  • When age-shifting to protect your real birthday, keep the date close; otherwise, you may expose yourself to age discrimination. 
  • Watch where you post and what you say, as it can be used against you later. 
  • Google yourself regularly and monitor your credit using the free annual report or monthly monitoring services.
Consumers need to be educated on the proper use of social media as it relates to protecting privacy and security. 
Social networks need to also understand the impact of not addressing security and privacy issues. 
If the information becomes corrupted, it not only casts doubt on the social network, but on your real-life personality, as well". - EONetworks

What happens when you realize that who you are on social media isn’t who you really are? Have we let social media steal our identity?