Take A Hint From Netflix's 'You' And Protect Yourself Online

Take A Hint From Netflix's 'You' And Protect Yourself Online

You never know who has access to your information when you leave your accounts public.

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In 2019, everything is online. If you need any piece of information, the simplest way to get it is to type it into Google and scroll through some results. For example, you can Google someone's name and have photos of them, links to newspapers they were mentioned in, and all of their social media accounts right at your fingertips. This may seem a bit extreme, but just try searching for your own name and see how much comes up about you (especially if your name isn't very common).

Recently, Netflix released a show called "You" in which a young man who works in a bookstore stalks a patron until she loves him. He knows exactly where she lives, where she works, what she likes to do, and who she spends her time with all by doing some basic online searching. As soon as he types in her name (which he gets from the credit card that she used to purchase a book from his shop), all of her information appears for him.

Based on this, the first step you should take is never using your full name online. There are a ton of "Johns" in the world, but far fewer "John Smiths," so making this change to your accounts will make it much more difficult to find a specific person. It is pretty safe to use your first name, but beware if you have a very unique one, as this can also make it easy for someone to find you. In that situation, it is probably best to use a nickname, because that will be even harder to identify as a specific person.

Although it should be common knowledge, do not post pictures that have a clearly visible address of your home or workplace. It can be easy to not look for details like this when posting a family photo outside your home, but it could put your safety at risk. Make sure you do not tag photos to your workplace or home address, and for good measure, don't post your friends or family's personal information online to protect both of you. If someone really did have poor intentions, they could mistake your aunt's house for yours and show up there.

If you are very concerned, it may also be a good idea to set your accounts to private and manually approve who can see your information. This can be time-consuming on websites like Facebook, or very simple on websites like Instagram, depending on how personal you want to keep everything. On Instagram, you simply put your account as private, which requires you to approve each person that wants to follow you and limits your posts to only those people, whereas Facebook has settings for anything you could imagine, and you can be as specific as you want with who can see what.

The name of the game is keeping a clear separation between your personal information and your life online. In most aspects, it is not a good idea to keep a fake persona up for your followers, but when it comes to sensitive information that would be dangerous to have out in the open, it is what is best.

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10 Rappers Whose Lyrics Will Take Your Instagram Captions To The Next Level

Make your life easy by choosing a caption that's already been written for you.

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Finding the perfect caption for you Instagram post is something everyone struggles with. On the contrary, the best rappers in the industry right now seem to have no problem with it. Whether it be Cardi B or Kanye West, you can always count on fire captions. Taken from the rappers themselves, here are the best rap lyrics for Instagram captions.

1. Travis Scott

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  • "It's summertime, why they tryna throw shade?"
  • "Rollin' rollin' rollin' got me stargazin'"
  • "I got 'em stage diving out the nosebleeds"
  • "Anything can happen at the night show"
  • "This right here is astronomical"
  • "Valet park when I pull up in the ride"
  • "Pick up the phone, baby, I know you're home, baby"
  • "Oh my, what a wonderful time"
  • "She said 'where we goin?' I said 'the moon'"
  • "I been up sleepless late nights"
  • 2. Migos

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    • "Walk it like I talk it"
    • "In the kitchen wrist moving like a stir fry"
    • "Put my mind on it, put my grind on it"
    • "We live like sopranos"
    • "Diamonds on my wrist stay drippin"
    • "Addin' up checks, no minus"
    • "I can buy that car, I know that you can't"
    • "No human being, I'm immortal"
    • "Walk in the buildin', they start applaudin'"
    • "Versace, Versace, Versace, Versace"

    3. Cardi B

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    • "I like texts from my exes when they want a second chance"
    • "I went from dollar bills, now poppin' rubber bands"
    • "Why would I hop in some beef? When I could just hop in the Porsche"
    • "You know where I'm at, you know where I be"
    • "These expensive, these is red bottoms"
    • "I don't dance now, I make money moves"
    • "It's not a threat it's a warning, be careful with me"
    • "Poured out my whole heart to a piece of sh*t"
    • "Karma for you is gon' be who you end up with"

    4. Drake

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    • "This a Rollie, not a stopwatch, sh*t don't ever stop"
    • "I only love my bed and my mama I'm sorry"
    • "I get it how I live it, I live it how I get it"
    • "No new friends"
    • "Drinking every night because we drink to my accomplishments"
    • "This sh*t got me in my feelings"
    • "With your phone out, gotta hit them angles"
    • "My ex asked me, 'Where you movin'?' I said, 'On to better things'"
    • "My team good, we don't really need a mascot"
    • "Got new money, got new problems, got new enemies"

    5. Nicki Minaj

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    • "Imma keep it moving, be classy and graceful"
    • "In my kingdom, with my Timbs on"
    • "Uh, yo, watch your man, then you should watch your mouth"
    • "At least you took an L off your bucket list"
    • "Defend my honor, protect my pride"
    • "But to live doesn't mean you're alive"
    • "She just mad 'cause he never bought her ice like me"
    • "I fly with the stars in the skies"
    • "They paintin' me out to be the bad guy"
    • "All these b*tches is my sons"

    6. Mac Miller

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    • "My regrets look just like a text I shouldn't send"
    • "Driving with my eyes close, missing all the signs"
    • "I'm a monster with the heart of a lion, divide and conquer"
    • "I got a bone to pick like roses"
    • "I'll do anything for a way out of my head"
    • "Your love is not too kind to me"
    • "Yeah, I got a bad attitude"
    • "No matter where life takes me, find me with a smile"
    • "Imma give you what you came for"
    • "I don't know 'bout you, but me, I'm important, I'm so gorgeous"

    7. A$AP Rocky 

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    • "Same shit, different day"
    • "I got three phones: business, conversation, and relation"
    • "What the face say to the fist?"
    • "I look for ways to say 'I love you', but I ain't into makin' love songs"
    • "Paranoia got me losing all my z's"
    • "Make no mistakes, it's all a leap of faith for love"
    • "She ain't a stranger to the city life"
    • "Can't forget that I'm golden, can't forget where I'm going"
    • "Riding by the rules, I'll abide by it soon"
    • "Ain't a killer so don't kill the vibe"

    8. Kanye West

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    • "Yeah u so mother thick"
    • "Ball so hard, let's get faded"
    • "That sh*t cray"
    • "I'm tripping off the power"
    • "All of my kindness, is taken for weakness"
    • "I'm lookin' for the one have you seen her?"
    • "Don't let me get in my zone"
    • "Let's get lost tonight"
    • "Sun don't shine in the shade, bird can't fly in a cage"
    • "Reach for the stars so if you fall you land on a cloud"
    • "No you're not perfect but you're not your mistakes"

    9. A$AP Ferg

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    • "Gucci down to the socks"
    • "My jewelry glistening why I'm always chilly"
    • "I'm a one night savage"
    • "Put in work, put 'em in the dirt"
    • "Fergy be mobbin' all day"
    • "Ferg is the name"
    • "I'm on a new level"
    • "Don't pray for me pray for the weak"
    • "I was only 8 years old, watching Nick at Nite"
    • "I was fly like a bird"

    10. Lil Wayne 

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    • "Real G's move in silence like lasagna"
    • "I speak the truth but I guess that's a foreign language to y'all"
    • "Okay you're a goon, but what's a goon to a goblin?"
    • "I got some weight on my shoulders, to me it's like feathers"
    • "I am more animal than the zoo allow"
    • "Money talks, bullsh*t walks"
    • "Every night's a long night, every day's a holiday"
    • "I'm a cool cat, but I'm on life nine"
    • "Haters can't see me, nose bleed seats"


    No matter what the occasion, it's always good to have creative Instagram captions on hand. Nobody knows how to make clever captions than rappers themselves. Whether you need creative caption for throwing shade at someone, or you have used only emojis for your past 5 Instagram pictures, rap lyrics make the perfect caption.

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    Taking A Social Media Hiatus

    I spent the work week avoiding all social media and this is what I learned about myself and those around me.

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    Nowadays, social media is EVERYWHERE. It is almost inescapable. I made the personal decision to shut personal social media down for the work week. It was my decision and I could not be happier with the outcome. The following are some things I learned while taking my break.

    1. People freak out

    I made the choice to announce that I would not be available through social media. The announcement was to make sure that if someone needed to reach me, they knew to contact my cell or email. My thought process was that with the announcement, there would not need to be a freakout.

    However, I was wrong. I received some major backlash. Luckily, by the time this was all sent to me I had already logged out and walked away. It was very surprising to me that my absence would anger people.

    Not only was there anger, a lot of people thought something was wrong with me. I appreciate the concern, but the fact that the only reason people reached out to me because I was not going to be online was somewhat of a wake-up call to who is really there for me.

    2. It is somewhat difficult.

    Originally, the plan was to keep my notifications on for emergency purposes because there a lot of people who contact me via Instagram and Twitter. I wanted to keep it readily available just in case something went terribly wrong. This was scrapped in a matter of 24 hours.

    It became too difficult to see each meaningless notification pop up on my screen and just ignore it. All notifications were turned off. The only way to get my attention was to text, call, or email.

    My friends would ask me if I saw something that popped up their feed and I would have to remind them that I was currently cut off from that aspect of the world. I was fine with it the majority of the time, but I definitely suffered from some pretty bad FOMO.

    3. My stress level did not drop right away.

    It was an experience! I thought that without the world having a constant access to me, I would immediately feel a weight lifted off my shoulders.

    False. My stress stayed because I was concerned that something was happening and I was unable to participate in it. However, this did fade and I ended up enjoying not having to scroll through multiple feeds and stay in continuous contact with people.

    4. There are so many more things to do without your phone.

    Trust me, I know that the world is much more entertaining than what I am shown in media. Actually experiencing that proved to be nothing short of amazing. I was able to get more work done and enjoy life without having to seem perfect for the camera. I am one of those people who posts what I want, BUT it goes through many speculations of my own to be able to be viewed by the public.

    I also tend to post something on at least one social site daily. I had so much free time when I didn't have to worry about posting. I read a book. A real one. For fun. The one downside was not documenting all the fun moments on I had off camera, but just living in the moment proved worth it.

    5. Sleep is a gift worth fighting for.

    Sleep comes so easily when you're not on your phone right before bed. AND IT IS SO WORTH IT. In college, where sleep can be a thing of legends, getting those extras minutes or hours can mean the world to your health.

    All week, I was better rested and felt so much healthier. It was truly amazing. With that knowledge, I turn my phone off 20 minutes before going to bed every night now. Gotta get those Zs.

    6. Social media cannot dictate my mood.

    In all honesty, we are very much influenced by what we see in the media. It's natural and that's how the world works nowadays. However, with a week off I realized that even if I take a negative aspect out of my life I still have to make conscious decisions towards my own happiness.

    I wanted to get away from the drama and the trash that is online for a while because I thought to distance myself would help me be happier. Don't get me wrong, it did have benefits. Those benefits are not the only factor in happiness. I learned that no matter what is going on, I have to be able to put in my perspective and make the best decisions on my terms for my happiness.

    Overall, I highly recommend taking a social media break for a few days, weeks, months...whatever works best for you. It gives you a chance to remember what it's like to not be tied to your phone and really embrace the world for what it is.

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