Nasty tweets al­most im­pos­si­ble to delete

Stanthorpe Border Post - - LIFE - — The Sun

EV­ERY nasty so­cial me­dia post you make is like a bad tat­too: it’s ugly, painful and al­most im­pos­si­ble to re­move.

And even if you do man­age to laser your ob­scene tweets into obliv­ion, it can leave an on­line scar which will never re­ally heal.

That’s ac­cord­ing to Raj Sa­mani, McAfee fel­low and chief sci­en­tist at the on­line se­cu­rity com­pany.

The cy­ber guru said any­one’s neg­a­tive on­line posts could end up com­ing back to haunt them.

Raj said: “Your on­line con­tent – tweets, Face­book posts and any­thing like that – is a dig­i­tal tat­too.

“Once it’s there, it’s per­ma­nent – and try­ing to re­move it is dif­fi­cult. It’s painful, it’s ex­pen­sive and it leaves scars.”

The se­cu­rity ex­pert added that just be­cause you’ve gone back and deleted a dodgy post, that doesn’t mean it’s ac­tu­ally been wiped from the net.

There are a whole load of plat­forms which can save your tweets and ar­chive a copy for­ever, and there are even ways to re­cover deleted tweets.

That means it’s al­ways best to think be­fore you post - rather than put your dig­i­tal foot in it and then try to undo the dam­age later.

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