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Not an April Fool’s Joke

This isn’t an April Fool’s joke, I figure there are enough of them out there today, so here is another serious post. Are you giving away wayyy too much personal info on line? A lot of people are without even realizing it. As an example, I have a friend (who shall remain nameless) who posts her current travel bookings through one of the social networking sites. What’s the big deal you ask? Well for one, she is posting when she will not be home, providing someone who knows where her apartment is good times to break in. Also, if she has an ex or someone else who is stalking her, this gives them lots of ways to track her down.
My friend is not alone in this. Many people are learning the hard way that too much information can be a bad thing to pass out. I have another friend who had pictures posted to Flicker, showing off the cats in various poses around the house. Well one of those poses was on the table with the mail, with nice clear digital shots of the name and address on the front of the magazines and envelopes (after I mentioned that, the picture was re cropped to remove that detail). Many people are posting info that they probably shouldn’t through Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin etc. And as the one article below states, these sites don’t just hand out this information to anyone, you have to post it. I know, I’m sounding a bit paranoid, but in this day and age, a little paranoia isn’t a terrible thing. Take the following examples as proof:

Couple believes their house was ransacked by Facebook “friend”

Crooks using Foursquare and Twitter to rob houses

So think about what information you’re handing out on the World Wide Net these days, you might be telling just a bit too much.

*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from Technomagic authored by David. Read the original post at: https://varne.wordpress.com/2010/04/01/not-an-april-fools-joke/