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May 14, 2014

What Not to Share on the Internet

What Not to Share on the Internet via ProductReviewMom.com

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Sharing personal things with your family, friends, and best buddies is one thing, and sharing them all over the Internet is another. Any post that you might just think to be funny, playful, and having zero consequences, can prove to be a missing link for online fraudsters, and they may eventually use it to complete their evil plans. It is surprising how people share information over the Internet, which is always meant to be kept private and confidential. Here is a checklist of things you should never share online:

        

  •  Identity related Information: Your identity related information includes your phone numbers, residential and office address, birth date, social security number etc. Never share this kind of information for other family members and friends either. This is the most common information identity thieves seek. Do not make it easily accessible to them by posting it over the Internet.

  •  Financial information: All bank account numbers, credit card information and loan details should be kept close to the chest. Using online banking facilities and making purchases online with credit card is generally safe if done from a reputable site, but before you enter any financial details, make sure that the web address starts with ‘https’. This is the sign of extra security for the website you are using for the transaction.


  •  Your schedule: Don’t advertise when you are alone in the house, when you are going on a vacation, when your house is going to be empty, and for how long. Also be careful about posting where you are going during the day.

  • Work related information: Posting information about circumstances and events at your work can be dangerous. Do not reveal confidential data about your clients or company too. Also refrain from sharing comments about your co-workers or boss.
         
  • Passwords: While it is an obvious statement that you should not post your passwords over the Internet, you should be careful about posting any kind of information that can help a hacker to figure them out. Passwords can be easily changed. You should change them often, and whenever you feel that your account is being used by someone else too, you should change it immediately.

  • Comments about others: While commenting about friends and family members can be embarrassing but safe, you should refrain from commenting or sharing comments about political parties, religious beliefs, racial statements etc. They are less fun, but can bring you a major legal trouble.

  • The drama: Social networking sites are favorite platforms for breakup fits, nasty rumors and friend fights. With just a few clicks of your mouse, it becomes super easy to share your inherent emotions and grudges without the need to face the person one-on-one. But remember, some conversations should be kept private, and getting them public can damage your reputation, hurt a friendship and even add to the drama.


Before you share anything over the Internet, remember that it can be, and will be shared by your friends, and probably not always in the way you like. Try to keep your life private, and make some productive use of the Internet.

What would you not share on the Internet?

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38 comments

  1. Great tips! Starting to talk about these with my kids also who will be navigating the internet soon.

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    1. That's good you're starting to talk about it with your kids Stephanie!

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  2. Great tips Lou! Especially posting your schedule! I am more conscious about that one!

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    1. Unfortunately when it comes to events I attend I must post about it.

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  3. Wonderful list and very important for everyone to remember not to share. Great post!

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  4. This is such a great reminder {especially for me!} I'm guilty of sharing where I am during the day/vacation. Especially on Facebook. Really need to work on that. I think social media is such a great thing but also such a horrible thing. I see teenagers doing stuff where I just shake my head. We think things are so private, but they really aren't. Thank you for the reminder!

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    1. You're welcome Stacey! I will post about my day and vacation on my personal Facebook but not as much on my other social networks.

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  5. A great list. My parents were victims of a phone scam from info they got off of Facebook. You have to be vigilant. Thank you for the reminder.

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  6. Great Tips! Sharing!

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  7. Great advice! Thanks for sharing.

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  8. We can never be reminded enough to take care.

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  9. Good tips. We all need reminders, because it's so easy to share too much!

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  10. Good tips! It is so scary what people post online.

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  11. Great tips, Lou. I try to be careful about what I post - it's so easy to get carried away sometimes....

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  12. These are great tips Lou! Thanks for the reminders. You can never be too careful.

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  13. These are some excellent tips. You never really know who is reading what online. As a blogger I sometimes get carried away when I am excited about leaving for an event but that is also very dangerous to do too.

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    1. Sometimes we have no choice but to tell where we are Victoria due to our blogging jobs. In order for me to get into local events I must talk about the places I go to here in Atlanta.

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  14. I love your tips. It is not common sense anymore.

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  15. That is a very good point. The anonymity leads to more disclosure than if we were to meet in person. Always good to keep in mind what we are sharing. Good reminder!

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  16. Great info.! So many can learn by reading this!

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  17. People who share where they are and what they are doing are asking for trouble in my opinion.. I never tell anyone where i am ever..

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  18. This is such a great reminder - I think we can get too comfortable sometimes on the internet, forgetting how dangerous "oversharing" can be!

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  19. Great tips! I always see people on facebook doing this especially parents!

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  20. Thnak you for the gentle reminder. I am passing this on to some friends. It seems that some of them gets so comfortable going online they become complacent and starts posting photos of their visa and driver's license!

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  21. Always great to have these reminders.. Thank you for sharing.

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  22. Great tips! I agree that it is easy to get comfortable especially as a blogger so thanks for the reminder :)

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  23. Smart tips; unfortunately just about anything can be found out about a person if searched hard enough. So definitely important not to make it easy for them!

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  24. Fantastic tips, I always worry about mine and my childrens safety on the Internet.

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  25. Such an informative post. The info should be read by all... especially teens. Thank you for sharing!

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  26. Very good tips. Our children are almost 8 and not quite 10, so they're both on the internet, and we go over these rules in more simpler forms: no last names, no addresses, no school names, no birth dates, etc. Essentially, nothing that anyone could use to track down WHO you are or WHERE you live. There are too many predators out there. Plus, once it's on the internet, it's there forever!

    Jenn, x@jenn.nu
    http://jenn.nu

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  27. Ummm ...yes of course! All of this is so true. Once your identity is revealed, your passwords, etc. you're totally exposed. Even drama revealed says a lot about you.

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