In an apparent contradiction in terms, anything you post online is there forever. No matter how old could be there until you have grandchildren too. You can find your name, address, and you will be floating around out there. Yet if you delete something, you also can’t get it back.
But that does raise a very interesting conundrum. We often say “the internet is forever”, while at the same time saying, “be sure to back up, because once you delete it, it’s gone”.
The ways of both the internet and deletion are more complex than most people realize. While these two statements appear to be diametrically opposed, they’re both very, very true, often at exactly the wrong time.
1. The Internet is Forever
The internet is a great place to make and chat with friends, create websites, learn neat new things, and have an infinite amount of fun. Unfortunately, the internet has also attracted a new set of predators who will try to get your personal information for their own malicious ends. To stay safe while enjoying the benefits of the internet, you need to be a smart surfer. Keep a sharp eye out for threats like hackers and cyber-bullies, and keep your personal information secure, and you’ll have a safe internet experience
2. Don’t Put Personal Information Online!
Giving away personal information on the internet is like giving away your life. When people are on social networks (Facebook, Myspace, etc.), they often don’t realize when they’re sharing too much information. There are many ways in which oversharing your personal information can endanger you.
- If you need to enter your name on an account, use a nickname or a fake name. Alternately, you could use an incomplete form of your name. For instance, if you need to enter your name on a form, enter “Eric P.” instead of your full name, Eric Pillata.
- Maximize your account privacy wherever possible. Many sites and messenger services have varying levels of privacy. For instance, you may have the option to share your name, date of birth, and where you go to school in addition to the content you post. Hide this data from everyone except your immediate friends. Explore your account settings to ensure that this information is kept confidential.
- Don’t post other unique identifying information like your Social Security Number, date of birth, and other data. These are among the most important pieces of information about you, and with them in hand, hackers could easily steal your identity.
- Don’t use a picture of you as your profile picture on social networks. Put a picture of something that you love instead. For instance, if you love eating grapes, post a picture of grapes on your social media account or chat messenger service of choice. If some malicious person were to discover your real picture, they might use it to locate and harm you.
3. Don’t Forget about Phone Safety
Era of smart phone cybers safety should extend your phone too. Don’t accept phone calls or text from stranger either only texts and phone calls from your contact list.
4. Handle Hacking Intellegently
There are a few important things to do when you get hacked to ensure your safe. Change your password and make make the new one secure . Make it unpredictable. Check your box and notify your contact. Do a sweep of your computer with antivirus software.
At last, remember to always keep your personal information private, check your privacy settings to make sure that only my friends can see what you post, and never ever share your passwords with anyone else. The internet could be a wonderful placr to explore just remember while doing it.
By : Alya Amalia & Amelia Puteri Wijanarko (XII mIPA 7)