Digital identities are a necessary part of the collaboration and interaction made easy by Web 2.0 technology. While it may be easy to fill in your user profile in applications such as Facebook and Twitter, what is the cost of doing so?
The logging of personal information opens up the possibility of providing hackers or fraudsters with enough information to steal your identity. This risk may be increased if an application’s default settings are to make public all information. For example, Facebook users with an average of 130 friends may provide access for up to 16,900 other users.
So how do you protect your information? Non-participation is simply not an option for many people in the under 30 age group. Temporary solutions include “no-technology” challenges asking youth to disconnect from technology for varying periods.
By checking a program’s privacy settings and, for example, refusing the ability to be tagged by people you don’t know, you are limiting the ability of others to access your personal information. By judiciously choosing what information you complete, and only providing information that is necessary, your digital security is increased.
Digital security does not need to be onerous or complicated; but should be considered each time you are asked to provide information. How much do you want the world to know?
Weekly Task: Summarise news article focusing on cyberbullying, scams, identity theft or Facebook. See my article summary here.
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Privacy Awareness Week (2014). ID theft tool. Retrieved from http://www.privacyawarenessweek.org/resources/id-theft-tool/