“Johnny Smith: Epic night! Arrested for being drunk by a cop on a horse!”
“Bill likes this”
Boy, that sounds like a fun night. Except, of course, when Johnny's boss sees this in the morning after Johnny didn't come into work. Uh oh.
Social media can be great – we can connect with long lost friends and relatives, share photos and ideas, and learn about news and events. But what we post can have serious ramifications, for ourselves and others, and can remain on the internet indefinitely. What we think is funny at the moment may prove embarrassing in time to come.
- 68% of consumers listed not knowing how their personal information is collected online as a top concern
- 45% of respondents are more worried about their online privacy than they were just one year ago
- 74% have limited their online activity in the last year due to privacy concerns
Tip – Limit the amount of personally identifying information you share, and adjust your privacy settings.
- Set your privacy preferences to only friends to see your profile.
- Regularly check on these settings, as some social network sites make changes without notifying you. Here are instructions for many of the popular products and services.
- Do not use information that is often used as security identifiers, such as your full name, date or birth, or mother's maiden name.
- Always ask yourself – “Is this information I wouldn't mind an employer seeing?”
- Don't reveal your location online. It tells people where you are – but also where you're NOT, signifying that your home may be unoccupied and a potential robbery target.
- Download, print, and discuss the Consumer Privacy Index 2016 Infographic from TRUSTe and National Cyber Security Alliance.
- Watch this video from StaySafeOnline
Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada. Protecting your Privacy Online Frequently Asked Questions. 2011-May-06
STAYSAFEONLINE.org How to Own Your Online Presence infographic
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