What do you do to keep your personal information safe?
The biggest problem is our lack of awareness, is our thinking that whatever we share online remains.
We, everyone of us, already know what to do to keep our information safe.
We do two things:
- We categorize our personal information in classes, based on the damage we could suffer if such information would spread out of our control
- We apply different security policies for each class, with different level of investment for each class, and
- sometimes we even work on a contingency plan, to limit the damage in case we get hacked (and we will. As you probably know over 50% of us has been already hacked. The problem is that 99% of those who have been hacked are not even aware of it).
The problem is that we assume that the information we distribute over the Internet, is, for some strange alchemy, kept only between our eyes and the screen.
It is silly and I don’t know why we tend to act like this. For sure no one reads the “terms and conditions” or the “privacy policies” of the services we use online.
If we did, we definitely would behave differently.
I am often asked if Google is worse than Facebook when it comes to threat our privacy.
None of the two. The biggest problem is our lack of awareness, is our thinking that whatever we share online remains between our eyes and the screen.
The sooner we will realize that the Internet has infinite memory, the sooner we will start to apply the same security policies we have for everything else, also to the class of information we freely share over the network.