Last night I literally had to get my eyes checked. After the eye doctor put these evil drops in my eyes, I had to go stew in the waiting room for 30 minutes before he could safely put needles through my retina. It was one time in my life where we waited around for me to dialate.
To pass the time I picked up a Consumer Reports magazine and read about online safety and Facebook. It burns my ass we have to worry about shit like this. The bad people are always out there probing for weakness and if you give them an opening they can seriously fuck up your shit. Like it or not you have to protect yourself.
The article contained a list of 7 things you should stop doing now on Facebook. And, I think, these rules make sense everywhere else you might go online, too. When I got home last night I did almost all of these right away and plan to to the rest later. I locked down my Facebook tighter than, well, just use your imagination.
According to the article you need to stop:
- Using a weak password
- Leaving your full birth date in your profile
- Overlooking useful privacy controls
- Posting your child’s name in a caption
- Mentioning that you’ll be away from home
- Letting search engines find you
- Permitting youngsters to use Facebook unsupervised
These are just the bullet points. If you want more information (and you should) I urge you to read the full article on the Consumer Reports web site.
I am such a good example of what not to do. I feel a bit like a fool for this, but my life is so OUT THERE – a google search of my name brings up page after page after page of my life. I honestly don’t know how to do the things I’m doing, to help those I’m trying to help, without exposing myself to some degree.. And honestly, for a good part of that, it’s just too late for me. Once something is out there on the internet, good luck finding a way to get it all off.
I do appreciate the reminder though, and should be much more careful about talking about my whereabouts and things like that.
Thank you for the very important reminder.
It’s really sad we have to worry about stuff like this. But that’s what the bad people do. They take advantage of human nature.
I had to stop reading this post once I got to “needles through my retina”…ouch!
Sorry. For me, though, I was actually looking forward to it. In Abyss language we’d call such a procedure an “improvement.”
[…] Back in July of this year, I had also posted about how to be careful on the internet and with your Facebook. I recommend you check it out if you haven’t already. The post is entitled I’m sick of worrying about the bad people. […]