Where is your information coming from? The internet.

The internet is an extensive resource for information and one that most people today rely on heavily. As we discussed in the last blog the same applies to the internet. You must always be questioning if the website you are on is a reliable source of information and looking for bias. Most people know that wiki sites are unreliable because anyone can edit and change the information there, you can trust them for basic information if the information you require is not of a significant level where it needs to be proven fact, similarly blogs are used for people to share information based on opinions. The thing you need to remember is that it is very easy for someone to create a website and one that looks like an official source of information when actually is it not.

Find your own links of sites which you can detect unreliability from and question that source. Do not give up until you have found the truth!

Many times you will find we are searching for answers so one place of guidance we find is the internet. Yet have we ever questioned who is guiding the internet?

We share all our information on internet yet have we ever questioned if we are reluctant to share this information with people on the street why are we so open to share it on internet? Do we think no one is interested in knowing our business and really what problems have we invited?

Here are some of the problems with online sharing:

1. Bad people can keep tabs on your whereabouts.

Thieves love people who report their every move through FourSquare. Think about it. By sharing your location with the general public, you have removed the need for criminals to “case” your house or keep a lookout for your unexpected return.

Bragging about an upcoming family vacation on Facebook has the same effect. You may just return from the Caribbean to find an empty house.

2. Sensitive data could fall from the clouds.

If you have taken to storing your life story in the cloud, you may be asking for trouble. Unlike the data that is stored on your computer’s hard drive, the Fourth Amendment does not protect information kept in the cloud. It can be used against you in a court of law.

Do you know who owns the rights to your data that resides within the cloud? Likely not.

3. The prize may be third party harassment.

Most people would love to win a free Mediterranean cruise, but how many are willing to provide their address, home phone number, and birth date in order to enter an online contest? Entering online contests can be a risky business, particularly due to many company’s eagerness to sell personal data to third parties. Odds are that you will not win the main prize, but, instead, be rewarded with an endless stream of nuisance phone calls, spam, and junk mail.

4. Cookies can be monsters.

Third party cookies are a great way for companies to find out what type of sites you visit and what products you may be interested in buying. Marketing companies use this data to custom design their advertising efforts to coincide with personal tastes and preferences. This seems harmless enough, but what if this information falls into the wrong hands? Do you want third parties to know what sites you visit or what you purchase online? Probably not.

5. Online directories are written in indelible ink.

If you find your name and other personal data on an online directory, it is often tricky to have it removed. And online directories, unlike your local telephone provider, do not care if you have an unlisted number or address.

Should you find your private information smeared across a bevy of online directories, you will need to take steps to remove each one.. Sharing less data in the first place, will help prevent you from winding up on these directories in the first place.

As you can see, the internet can be used for evil and you need to protect yourself. Ensure that you have maximized the privacy settings on your social media tools. Consider the consequences of sharing a piece of information before you press “post.” And, in the future, refrain from making fun of your computer-leery friends and relatives. You may need their help when someone steals your identity.

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