Keep Your Private Life Private!

The internet is the most widely used resource tool available. Fact. These days, social networking sites are popping-up all over the web and with Facebook being likened to the fourth largest country in the world by population (source: Mark Zuckerberg) it’s really no surprise that it is becoming a cultural phenomenon.

There have been previous cases of dangerous internet uses. Everyone is aware that child-groomers utilise the internet and that if the necessary precautions aren’t taken then danger lurks around the corner. But we hear the term “internet danger” so often that it may lack in meaning.

What is a danger? Surely, if we put information online, we are responsible for it, we started it and we should understand that people all over the world can access any given piece of information online. That could be anything. In Tyler Clementi’s case, someone else posted the video content, which Tyler had no control over, he probably didn’t find out until a fellow student confronted him.

The problem is that people don’t understand the power of the internet. It was created for use by the military, essentially to transmit and receive information, nothing near as complex as today – which is why nobody can begin to comprehend the vastness. Everyone is at risk and it can be avoided, particularly if you don’t share all of your personal information. Check this out if you don’t believe me:

The most obvious risk of the internet is letting your personal information fall into the wrong hands. Everyone worries about their bank details and home address being known by ‘frauds’ or people who could potentially lead to your life being miserable. But more importantly, people seem to be sharing personal information anyway.

LiveJournal, created in 1999 is the ‘original’ blog and diary website where people share everything about themselves with an online community. As of May 2, 2010, LiveJournal published that they had 26,076,807 accounts with an exceptionally large account-holders being 30-year-old women.

John Eldridge is a lecturer at the University of Glasgow and psychologist who specialises in social theory and the media. “Private people, sharing information online can be boiled-down to two things: a desire for acceptance and to burn-off steam-not necessarily negative steam. But an online journal can sometimes fill the void of needing to feel ‘in-charge’ of something, plus some people just love writing.”

Sharing personal information online on LiveJournal, Twitter and Facebook is baffling. Why would you, yourself, post such compromising information to be online about yourself? It’s bad enough having an actual diary in which to rant, but the same could happen to that as your internet site – it could be found!

For the full version of my news article, which I suggest you read, then click here.

For the news story of Tyler Clementi click here. If, after reading the story, you want to pay your respects for Tyler on Facebook, then do so here.

This page might make you change your mind about updating your private blog site.

If the Securelist site and the YouTube video don’t make you change your mind, then go to www.pleaserobme.com and have a wee mosey.

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2 Responses to Keep Your Private Life Private!

  1. Jonathan says:

    I’ve been >this< close to deleting my Facebook account for months now over its privacy settings. The problem is that it's too handy for crowd sourcing information!

    If you can be bothered to read through the 224 slides, this is really interesting: http://www.slideshare.net/padday/the-real-life-social-network-v2

  2. marianne says:

    Completely agree with your article. It’s actually scary the information on the internet and how easily people can find out a lot about us! I’ll be more careful in future!

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