Thursday, 12 December 2013

Do you think before you click?

We have just had a discussion in the office about online security and how careful we really are about what we reveal and what we don't.  Have you ever gone to Google, typed your name into the search engine to see what comes up?  If you haven't do, it might just shock you!.
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As social networking has become more popular, it has become so much easier to fill out random pieces of information and not really put too much thought into, particularly when Facebook has some sort of update and you have to go back through all of your privacy settings to re-do them all.  Even sites such as Pinterest, Tumblr, Instagram, Linked-In, and Flickr to name but a few, all require some form of information.
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One of my friends on Facebook, to use an example, lists his home address, date of birth, mobile number and where he works with full postal address.  Harmless enough you might think when your friends probably have all this information to hand, but no, his profile isn't protected in anyway and is there for everyone to see.  Then I took a look on his actual page to find that he had status updates about his holiday and photos showing he was not at home and even broadcast the actual dates when he was to be away, his status update reading:

"XXX is off on holiday from tomorrow, not back until 24th December - enjoy the cold, I will be sunning myself on a beach" 

So,as you can see, this is a nice little advert to the local burglars who might be scouring the internet for their next 'job'.


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As someone who uses social networks, the one thing I think I am quite careful about is revealing too much personal information about myself to anyone outside my trusted circle, though nowhere do I publish my address.  On each section of my privacy tabs I have it set to those people I trust being able to see certain things, not everyone can see that I am married, or where I work or what year I was born.  To some extent, I have the same privacy settings for my photographs, especially ones which involve my nieces and nephews. 

The same can be said of being a blogger, there is often the need or desire to share information about yourself in those personal posts so that your readers can get to know who you are and see the 'Real You'. I read an article on Norton which clearly lists all the things you should keep in mind when sharing online, which make you appreciate how valuable information really is in this day and age. Even though my blog and social media presents a great way to stay connected, It’s far too easy to reveal too much, when any bit of information could be valuable to someone else for some ill-fitting purpose. I suppose that’s why I try to share certain things within my trusted circle.


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11 comments:

  1. Great post, it's worrying how much personal info can be found online, I think parental locks are a great idea too, you can never be too safe! x

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  2. I'm very careful with my Fb, almost everything is locked down. I share much more on my blog but try to be aware of things

    How about owning a domain though? Where your address is linked with the ownership of the domain, public info, yuk xx

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  3. This is such an important post.. My fb is completely secure and I regularly check the privacy settings, I also don't have any contact details and have stopped "checking in" on fb. All that being said, we are still so susceptible and nee to be wary and definitely think before clicking! Great post :)

    http://www.lifesahighway.com/
    xx

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  4. A very thoughtful post, I protect everything thing I do, I was even hesitant to use my last name online but alas it happened. I am always careful where I click and have very high security settings on my laptop! (husband does it all ;))

    Cornelia - Ineffable Beauty

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  5. I actually thought about this the other day. My other half jokingly googled my name and even though I don't have facebook it came up with photos of me and the products I have reviewed. It is really amazing how much you can find on the internet!

    Claire

    bellasbeautyblogs.blogspot.co.uk

    Claire

    xxx

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  6. I was quite surprised when I Googled myself the other day for the amount of pictures that came up. I should have realised to be honest with having a blog!

    The Curved Opinion

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  7. You can give off so much info online nowadays. Quite scary really x

    mrshippoandme.blogspot.co.uk

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  8. I used to google myself all the time! I'm especially cautious now we have Sienna
    Kerry @ Lived With Love | Parenting & Lifestyle blog

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  9. Yeah this is something a lot of people don't realise! It's quite worrying actually!

    Anna xo

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  10. I always try and be safe online but I still think I often give out a little too much information :(

    Louise x

    Confessions of a Secret Shopper

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  11. I try to be sensible when it comes to sharing info online, and making sure I have the righ security protection on the right account. I certainly wouldn't advertise it if I was going away, but when I think of all the friends that facebook and instagram photos while they are on hols, that's almost as bad as giving theives a head start on your house when you jet off. Scary stuff.
    Vicky
    http://aroundandaroundandupsidedown.blogspot.co.uk/

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