Privacy Awareness Week

It’s Privacy Awareness Week (I know no-one said, that’s because it’s private).

Here are the top tips they are giving out:
1.Know the privacy policy and settings of the social networking sites you use
2.Think about the information you share and how it’s being used, eg, what might a future employer or partner think if they read it?
3.Remember, the internet lets your information be collected and shared easily. The harmless information you post could be added to the mix, creating a full profile about you. Who might see it?
4.Sharing information with just a few people doesn’t stop it reaching a wider audience; be aware who might pass things on
5.Before you post and tag pictures of someone else, ask for their consent – and request that they do the same to you
6.Set up ‘friend’ groups to control the access different people in your life have to your personal details
7.Don’t accept friend requests from people you don’t know
8.Location based check-ins can be risky. Do you really want everyone to know that no-one’s home?

Most are sensible, others are a bit panicky.

Remember again the words of Dave Eggars – If you don’t want anyone to know about your existence, you might as well kill yourself. You’re taking up space, air.

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