Everything You've Ever Posted Becomes Public from Tomorrow
Blog Article Published: 10/26/2016
By Avani Desai, Executive Vice President, Schellman & Co.
- Breaches get a lot of media attention – but prevention isn’t top of an individual’s mind. We need more education on how to protect our personal data and understand who has access and what can be done with that data.
So what can you do to be a good digital citizen?
Mostly it’s about being aware:
- Privacy aware - Use, update, and care about your privacy settings. They are there to allow you to make the choice of what you want to share and with whom. Configure your privacy settings; they are there to tell the hosting organization, e.g. Facebook, what to share and with whom. Putting a privacy disclaimer notice on your wall, or in an email, spoof or not, will not have any effect on what the hosting platform shares.
- Spam aware - Fact check before spreading the good word. If it is on the Internet, even from a reputable source, it may not be true. Remember those ‘Nigerian Prince’ spoof emails? Of course he was neither a Nigerian nor a prince, but rather a popular email scam. Or remember that email from your mom telling you she is stuck in on some island without her passport and she needs $10,000 dollars? A quick check on snopes.com usually will tell you if it is true or not.
- Spoof aware - Don’t share links or “like” things on Facebook to win prizes. Most of the time when you see Disney saying they are giving away free cruises, or Target has a $500 gift card for you, or Bill Gates is going to send you $10 for every share that post gets – put on your logical cap; most likely, these offers are too good to be true. Offers like these are typically after personal information, or to get access to your social profile, or even share dangerous links with friends for a social engineering attack.
At the end of the day, the Facebook privacy disclaimer hoax is a lesson for all of us on personal privacy. Social media is like a wildfire for spreading information and the more we rely on digital venues to get our news, share updates with our family, share pictures, and for professional use, the more diligent we have to be in our understanding of what privacy is and the impact it can have. In the meantime, please, please, please go delete that paragraph long status off your wall and instead post a picture of your cute kids!