The Internet has opened a whole world of possibilities to anyone who has online access. A person can pay their bills, shop, socialize, and do just about anything else in the world that would’ve required leaving the house just ten years ago. Unfortunately the Internet Age has brought with it some negative side effects. It is now easier than ever for someone to find out personal information about a person online. This information can be used for identity fraud, stalking, and any number of other vile intentions. Knowing how to keep personal information private online is the first step in protecting a person.
Facebook has taken the social world to places never before thought of. People who had no way to contact each other five years ago can now reconnect with anyone from their past. Unfortunately Facebook also makes it easy to get private information on a person. Luckily Facebook allows a person to change their privacy settings to stop strangers and non-acquaintances from gaining their personal information.
Facebook changes the setup of their pages quite often, but going into the Privacy Settings section is the first place to start protecting a person’s information. This section allows someone to set their profile so that only friends can fully view it. This doesn’t stop others from accessing the main profile page of a person and seeing information on their name, where they live, and a profile picture. If there are specific people that a person doesn’t want viewing any of their information, Facebook allows the blocking of that person. This function will stop a certain person from seeing any personal information.
A person should never give Facebook more information than necessary. The website sometimes asks for a person to enter their phone number. It is imperative not to do this. While it is possible to set the number to private, Facebook has no legitimate reason to have a person’s phone number. If a friend wants to call a person they can message them through Facebook and ask for the number.
Other Websites With Information
There are several other websites that contain certain pieces of a person’s private information. This can include addresses, phone numbers, age, and even family members. Luckily most of these websites allow a person to remove their information. Sites like Spokeo, Google, Yahoo, Intelius, and Whitepages all have pages about what must be done to remove a person’s personal information. On Whitepages it is even possible to claim and change the information on a page to include a wrong address and phone number to throw off any snoopers.
Avoid GPS Enabled Settings and Check-in Statuses
One of the scariest things online these days is the ability of websites to track exactly where a person is. Amazingly some people even update their Facebook with “check-in” statuses that tell others exactly where they are at a given time, even though this information could give criminals a heads-up as to when a person won’t be home. To keep information and personal safety a priority a person should never use this “check-in” option on Facebook. The only people who need to know where a person is at any given time are the ones they tell.
Other sites like Twitter and Google Latitude also give people ideas of where a person is when they are using the sites. Change the settings in Twitter and any other social media sites to disable location apps and services. Google Latitude should not even be signed up for due to the fact that it tells people exactly where a user is. At any given point a person may decide that they don’t want a certain someone knowing where they are, and forgetting to change their settings on Google Latitude could enable just that.
Maintaining privacy online is a taxing effort since almost everyone has to use the internet these days. With every new app and website comes the need to protect more of a person’s personal information. Using a little common sense and a few tricks that websites hide deep within their domains, a person can keep their personal information as safe as possible in the Internet Age.
Author Bio:- This article was written by Karl Stockton for the team at East Bay DUI Law. Contact them to learn more about the legal issue of attack blood evidence.