Monday, June 09, 2014

How Wary Are You?

Recently I was approached through an email to write a blog post about the importance of online safety and privacy concerns.  I have to say it struck me a wee bit odd as this email was from someone I had never met and from a company I'd never heard of.  I don't know about you, but I am quite wary of requests made through the internet.  I was asked as a blogger to write a post of the three top things that I would not share on the internet.  And while I thought that this was a noble cause I did have a few nagging questions before I jumped on board.  First off, how do I know if this guy/company is legit?   And why in the world would any company pick my blog to spread the word?  My blog audience (as lovely as you all are) is small and I didn't see it as being the best bang for the company's buck.

I was intrigued and began my research by Googling the correspondent's name, which happened to be Sam, and the company.  The company is called SingleHop.  You can check them out here.  I poked around and read or at least attempted to read a few over-my-head articles about cloud computing and IT infrastructure.  I also looked up Sam's profile and it would appear that he is very capable in his field of IT infrasturcture engineering.  I replied to Sam's email and asked why he thought my blog should be considered for this project seeing as the audience is so small.  In my mind it made more sense to approach some higher traffic blogs to get the message out.  Sam assured me that "although it's a smaller amount of exposure, I'm sure that your 40 or so readers are very dedicated, whereas a blog with a large number of readers may not be as closely followed by each of those people."

Good enough, and while I think this project was supposed to be completed by the end of May I still would like to share my top three things that I would never post on the internet.

1.  My address.  While you may know what town I live in, I don't intend to share my civic address.  Divulging this kind of information, especially on social media sites like Facebook or Twitter could leave my open to identity theft as well as personal danger of possible burglary.

2.  My telephone number.  By sharing my phone number I would be inadvertently giving up my address as well.  By using a reverse lookup service people would be privy to my address.

3.  Any financial information. And by this I don't mean I'm opposed to online banking, what I am driving at is the sharing of financial issues on social media.  Facebook and Twitter and sites of that ilk are just open opportunities for your information to get into the wrong hands.

Just a few things to remember when navigating the internet.

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