Protecting Yourself Online

Tue, Dec 30, 2014

General Legal Issues

Some rights reserved by kevin dooleyYeah, yeah, yeah you say. Don’t tell people where you live and what you are doing and don’t tell people your passwords online. We know. However, there’s more to it than that.

While some people still insist on revealing their exact whereabouts, many people are doing it smarter these days. Post those vacation photos when you get back. Check in to a place when you are leaving. Those are some quick ways to still stay connected without being too unsafe.

In addition, we should know not to reveal our password online…but a true sleuth could ferret out the most obvious password choices easily by piecing together online clues. For instance, talking about your pets and your high school reunion could reveal some obvious password choices and security questions quickly. Make sure if you talk about those things, you use something else for your password.

While some people air all their info out to the world, many feel comfortable sharing things with their friends. However, since the social profile sites change their privacy settings all the time it’s hard to keep up. Make sure you pay attention to how your info is being shared and who can see what. You would be amazed at what you can find out about your friend’s friends by their comments on your friend’s stuff. Meaning they can find out the same thing about you.

Play it safe and teach your kids the same thing, don’t let a cyber-sleuth have control of your information.

Attorney Christopher D. Smith, Sr. is designated a Board Certified Consumer Bankruptcy Lawyer by the American Board of Certification.  SmithLaw is located in Lakewood Ranch, Florida.  Attorney Smith concentrates on bankruptcy, civil litigation, probate, estate planning, and elder exploitation cases in the Sarasota and Bradenton area.  Call 941-202-2222 to learn more.  SmithLaw offers free consultations in certain areas, including consumer bankruptcy, probate, and personal injury matters.

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