Yes, a very bold claim indeed. Especially since we’re in a world of know it alls. But give me a few minutes of your time, and you’ll understand why.
If you go back to the grassroots workings of the Internet, it’s a vast space where information is shared across many networks. That’s how programs stay updated, users interact and how so much progress is being made. It’s shared. Don’t make me mention Facebook and its IPO. I don’t know why everyone is so surprised. We’re talking access to a county’s worth of people. That’s a lot of data.
Here’s a good example of why you need to be diligent about your information. It may not be ‘personal information’ to you, but doesn’t it matter who gets to see this much information about you and why?
You’re buying something at Hollister, you crazy hipster you. The cashier asks you your zip code. Nothing new there, a few places do that. So you give it. He/she then asks for your address. A little personal but you give it to them anyways, heck he/she’s cute. The next questions: when you were born, what is your favorite restaurant, what your friends names are, how old you are, and where you were born. Normal? I think not, but we trust online retailers and people we ‘like’ with this information all the time.
I just happen to Like Digg on Facebook. And here’s what I agreed to when I clicked that it was okay for Digg to access my personal information, which all apps do.
I highly recommend you go and learn about how to update these types of Facebook App Settings.
Everything you do is a ripple in the pond of the world. How Bruce Lee of me, I know. But that man knew his stuff!
What if every time you spoke, it was like you are up on the stage of TED. Sharing some influential, inspiring or geeky laughter inducing tidbit/life story/reality. Isn’t that scary?
But that’s pretty much what you do, everyday; like all day at work and any time you spend sharing things on the large information tubes known as the Internet. Seriously!
Eye of the Tiger
1) Use strong passwords and change them every now and then (at least 3 times a year)
- Use words and numbers in no logical order (to an outsider that is, don’t forget your own passwords)
2) Know what info you’re sharing (check your privacy and profile settings!)
Just because you’re an open book doesn’t mean you should hand your info over to complete strangers, especially in exchange for “liking” their stuff.
3) Think before you share
- It may seem like a good idea now, but would you want your mom seeing it or your grand kids stumbling upon it down the road?
4) Better safe than sorry. If you’re unsure, Google it first.
- Possible spam email addresses
- Odd looking URL’s
- Weird business name from another country