We never buy newspapers in our house. We do watch the news everyday. But I hate trawling through the paper to find what I’m interested in reading, so we just don’t bother. Anyway I’m sat round the Grandparents, Moo & Megan were catching the end of Free Willy (Moo loves this film!), Daddy Moo was helping Granddad cover the allotment in manure … nice! (Oh and Grandma was putting the kettle on 😉 ) I took full advantage of a chill out moment picked up The Sun Newspaper and tutted through the first few pages of ‘smut’, he said she said …. argh boring! Until I stumbled upon … a very interesting article about Facebook. This wasn’t actually about Fanpages, which you know I love to chat about, but about the security aspects of profiles.
Whitelegg states the following as his 10 Commandments
- Date and place of birth
- Mother’s maiden name
- Short trips from home
- Inappropriate photos
- Phone numbers
- Children’s names
- Don’t post a full public profile.
I’m not going to quote all the information attached to the 10 Commandments set by IT security expert Dave Whitelegg so please do go and check them out here online see you don’t need to buy newspapers to keep upto date.
Some of the points were a bit .. well obvious! I wouldn’t post my phone number and address, mother’s maiden name, when I’m on holiday, short breaks I try not to as I am aware I am shouting “hey I’m out!”. As I run a lot of my business through Facebook and I’m a mother of two small children I have untagged or removed any inappropriate photos, not that there were many! My profile isn’t public and I keep my language clean but I’m not naive enough to think that many people probably just don’t see the risks Facebook can hold. I was shocked by some of the blasé comments people have made online too about their settings and not seeing the problem.
As social networking grows and so does our involvement it is only inevitable that our children’s will too so isn’t it important to maintain our own knowledge and understanding. I recently posted a comment on my Fanpage about ‘facebook places’ … I know there is an equivalent on Twitter too. I was shocked by some peoples comments whereby suggesting that people who moan are those who don’t have iphones. I do think you have to be careful about who your contacts are when you advertise on Facebook that your at Ikea with your other half when Ikea is an hours drive away.
As always love to hear your thoughts.