How Not to Use Social Networking

Facebook, Twitter, Myspace, and countless iPhone/Android/Palm/WinMo apps. All of them allow you to post things like where you live, what your hometown is, who your relatives are, etc. Many people don’t realize how much a security risk this really is. Many password reset questions ask for Mother’s Maiden Name. If you happened to list your mom as a relative to you on Facebook, guess what… well, I’m sure you know the rest.

You may have also seen status updates and Tweets about going out and about. There are also mobile device apps that will track and report your location. Well, one web site has capitalized on PUBLIC INFORMATION that has been placed on the internet for all to see, and has organized it.

The website? A pretty appropriate name: Check it out.

Remember, if you are going to use social media, just be careful as to what you put out there. If you are using a mobile device, pay close attention to the privacy settings. It does not behoove oneself to share everything.

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