How Much is Too Much to Share Online?
Internet security is on the forefront of everyone's minds frequently, with new threats, viruses and hackers springing up here, there and everywhere. With this in mind, although we're aware that people can force access to your data, we find ourselves asking how much information is too much to share online.
Internet security is on the forefront of everyone’s minds frequently, with new threats, viruses and hackers springing up here, there and everywhere. With this in mind, although we’re aware that people can force access to your data, we find ourselves asking how much information is too much to share online.
Today we’re going to be discussing this, and although we mightn’t draw any conclusions, maybe it’ll help enlighten some people who aren’t too sure what they should and shouldn’t be sharing online.
How much is too much to share online?
A good rule of thumb when it comes to sharing information online is not to share anything personal. While your name might be shared, try avoiding sharing things like your date of birth, contact information, workplace and social security numbers. Of course, avoid publicly posting things like your bank details and passwords too – that should be common sense!
So that’s the personal information addressed, but what about other things?
- Photographs – everyone has a selfie or two online, and that’s fine. People share pictures of themselves and friends online all the time and we think that’s a great thing. Try to avoid sharing photos you could do without other people seeing, though, and don’t post anything you feel might show your character in less than the best light.
- Photos of children and other information – most of us aren’t really in the habit of showing photos and details of our children all over the place, but it pays to be careful anyway. Strict privacy settings on social networks such as Facebook make it easier to keep photos of your children and their details to yourself and friends and family, but be sure to keep on top of those as Facebook frequently change their algorithms.
- Location – we’ve spoken already about not sharing your address publicly, but sharing your exact location isn’t a great idea either. Unfortunately, you never know exactly who is viewing your content, so “checking in” or location tagging your photos might not be the best thing to do. Of course if you feel secure enough and you actively want to do so, then go for it but be wary. Lastly for location, try to avoid posting when you’re going on holiday if you’re going to be leaving your home empty. It can leave you open to burglary and break ins!
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