Monday, September 5, 2011

Computer Information

Keep your public access information to a minimum. If you write something on the Internet it is likely there forever. Keep in mind that defense attorneys and background investigators my try and search the web to find out information about you to use against you. Facebook, blogs, and other social media are very helpful tools and can be a lot of fun, but they are also published documents. Just like printed media they say something about who you are and what you do with your life.

If you place information on your social media account with your home address, your phone number, your vacation plans then you may have unwanted people obtaining that kind of information. Make sure you don’t share sensitive information on line. Make sure you have good solid passwords on your accounts. Thirteen characters are recommended by many experts. Your password should contain letters, numbers, and special characters in it to make it harder for hackers to get into your system. Don’t use your date of birth, your officer number, your social security number, your street address as you password.

Talk to other family members about what they post about you on Facebook and other social media. It does no good for you to have sanitized your account when you kids are posting photos of you drinking beer, handling guns and quoting you out of context. Computers are great ways to communicate with friends, and family but when you communicate in public, watch what you say and what you reveal; that’s what the SGT Says.


Bob G. said...

I don't even do twitter, facebook, or whatever else is going down these days.
Just a blog...period.

A little "exposure" tends to be a lot, and I like to be as much of a "ghost" as is possible.
My social media profile is kept to a MINIMUM.
(seems to mirror my real life too as a lone

Good call.

Roll safe.

Bunkermeister said...

An excellent plan and I support it completely.