Everything You've Ever Posted Becomes Public from Tomorrow
Blog Article Published: 10/26/2016
- 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.
- 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.