Privacy online

Ali de Bold

One of our readers posted this link today while we were arguing (arguing? well.. sorta) about ex-boyfriends and Facebook:

The Internet and the 'end of privacy'

They essentially did a case study on someone who was part of pretty much every social network and app out there posting details about where he was, what he was spending his money on and what his kids wore for Halloween. 

I know a lot of people who love Four Square (what I fondly call The Stalker App):  "Hi World!  I'm at the Starbucks at Richmond and Spadina. It's 11pm and I'll be walking home in the dark soon.  Please find me!"

I know many people are careful with their privacy settings, but I think need to be a step ahead of that.  Post only what you'd be ok with someone finding out if you got hacked.  

I don't post my birth date and if I do, everyone gets a different story.  My home address and phone number aren't posted anywhere.  My friends and family know where to find me.  I don't even post my actual legal name anywhere (and here you thought I was born with an amazing name ;)  ).

For ChickAdvisor, I always tell people if you don't want to put your real name, call yourself something completely unrelated and upload a picture of something random.  Luckily we have purposefully kept people's profiles with limited information for your protection, but you should always do your part to make sure you are only telling what you are ok with the world knowing.

What do you do to protect yourself online?

Dec 13, 2010 @ 03:13 pm

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I agree

I agree.I dont post my birthday/where I live etc.I also dont post anything on my wall announcing what Im up to.I always pm people if I need to talk or have something to say.There are to many horror stories about stalkers or scammers. The christmas season is really bad there are constant scam stories on the news all related to scammers getting info off facebook.So its best to be very careful.I do get quite shocked with how much information people do share on there facebook.I also go right into settings and have everything set private.It wont do it itself you have to go right into the settings and change them.
Dec 13, 2010 @ 09:49 pm


I came across this video on which is sort of relevant to this topic:
Dec 14, 2010 @ 05:52 pm

common sense

Common sense says to be a bit private rather than blather out all of your intimate details and goings on. But some people are ... crap, I can't think of the word!! Some people love to self-promote and gloat and get a kick out of knowing that everyone out there knows who they are and what they're doing. I think those are the folks that can run into privacy issues.

I don't even use facebook or twitter or the like. Sure, I do have my own personal website, but information on that far pales what many facebook users have on their account.
Dec 16, 2010 @ 08:38 pm

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