Alan’s Optional Article Assignment ED 366

A Facebook ‘like’ and your name can reveal a shocking amount of info.

I chose to speak about an article i just read on privacy.

This article should be a concern for all of us because of the amount of easy to access information we readily give away. It may not seem like a big deal. What if you gave your first name when ordering coffee and discovered that the barista knew your birth date, where you worked and your home address? That’s just for starters.

In the article they only took three minutes to find that info out. Imagine what they could have got if they spent a little more time and their motives were not so innocent. The flow of our own personal information is up to us to protect. After all, Information is power in the wrong hands. Knowing where we live, work, and play can say a lot about us. With that information and a few personal details like mom’s maiden name, someone could access your identity and cause serious headaches for you.

The group devised a stunt involving a coffee shop in London, England. Last March, a sign outside the coffee shop promised a free coffee and croissant to customers who liked the café’s Facebook page. Customers were asked for their first name when they ordered their coffee. This is a good example of ” Nothing is free”.   “The likes of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other online platforms are much more than just social media sites — they are now a hunting ground for identity thieves,” Simon Dukes, chief executive of Cifas, said in the news release. “We are urging people to check their privacy settings today and think twice about what they share”. That’s great advice. Most of our privacy settings by default are very weak.

The video ends with the words, “Don’t make it easy for fraudsters. Set your privacy settings,” and refers viewers to its website for more information.

I found this article interesting and I plan on going to all my online accounts and checking my privacy settings.

“Smartphones and social media expand our universe. We can connect with others or collect information easier and faster than ever.” Daniel Goleman

Have a great night all.


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