Web technology is a funny thing. It’s a complete smoke and mirrors to what it offers to the ‘users’ and what it offers to the ‘servers’, or the sites that provide the hours of useless entertainment. The Internet is now no longer a thing, it’s becoming less of a place, it’s evolving to a part of people’s lives. Like a homestead utility. For the majority when you move into a apartment or home you get the essentials, power, water, garbage, Internet. More and more are not getting a land line telephone, who wants to be anchored to one place, we get cell phones. Even the cheapest, bare bone cell phones have Internet capability. We are intertwined and it’s getting more and more difficult to get un-twined.
But unlike anything before it, this technology and it’s inclusion into daily life doesn’t come with an instruction manual. There are no guidelines. There are no courses, yet, how to use this technology properly. Sure, the functional use is very ‘user friendly’ and a 2 year old can pick up an iPad and use it. But most people who use these new social services have no conceptual idea or understanding ‘How’ to use it or really what it does and what they are doing with the things you post. Users just freestyle it without a worry. Unfortunately for some they are learning a very damaging lesson on why you need discretion and some thought into what you are doing and what you are sharing online.
So, as a public service to the 2 or 3 people who actually read my blog, I am going to throw out my points on some very simple things everyone can do to protect themselves.
I am going to primarily pick on Facebook. Not because it’s the most popular, but because Facebook has back stabbed their users by sacrificing their privacy, which they used to claim was important, for the ever so lucrative advertising dollar.
- College Applicants, Beware: Your Facebook Page Is Showing – College scanning applicants
- Facebook Pics Get Kids Arrested – underage kids post pics of them drinking
- Kid Who Ordered “All Black People” To Leave Walmart Arrested After Bragging About It On Facebook
- Couple says Facebook vacation bragging prompted robbery – 887 friends, not all trustworthy
- Middletown man is arrested after bragging about being a pedophile on YouTube
- Facebook entry gets office worker fired – Don’t Twitter the same thing, Twitter is more open than Facebook.
- Fired for Facebook: Don’t let it happen to you
The items in this post are purely the thoughts and opinions of the author. All facts and data are gathered across various sources and the author’s conclusions are based that information. Techie Pro
Binary Blogger has spent 20 years in the Information Security space currently providing security solutions and evangelism to clients. From early web application programming, system administration, senior management to enterprise consulting I provide practical security analysis and solutions to help companies and individuals figure out HOW to be secure every day.