Let’s not forget that the Internet already knows a lot about you. There has been a post online that detailed all legal gun owners in two New York counties. A little poking around resulted in finding out about Microsoft CEO Bill Gates’ incredible credit card debt. Other sites offer mug shots of criminals by state. And this isn’t even illegal. Unless you’re careful, your private information could become public and easily accessible with a little digging. Facebook has reportedly been working for the past year on a mobile app that lets you track people and friends via a map & GPS. And if you post something iffy online, it can get you fired from a job. “There’s nothing you can do in the electronic world that your boss can’t find and you can’t be fired for,” said Lewis Maltby, president of National Workrights Institute. “I got a call today from someone who got fired because he was writing short stories on his own time (online) and apparently they were a little kinky.” So think before you post, and remember, even if you delete it, it’s still there, somewhere, on the Internet.
Source for statistics cited: “Teens, Social Media, and Privacy,” by Mary Madden, Amanda Lenhart, Sandra Cortesi, Urs Gasser, Maeve Duggan, Aaron Smith, Meredith Beaton. Pew Internet, May 21, 2013.
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