A fingerprint is this personal trace that we create on the Internet because we not only create email or whatsapp accounts, but also write and post tweets on twitter, upload photos to instagram, shop on amazon and aliexpress, bid on ebay, directly on twitch, respond to web page news and interact on their forums.
The fingerprint you leave
The digital footprint has grown significantly in social media today. But sometimes we don’t know how well we can let the rest of the people we interact with on the networks see each other. You have to be careful on the Internet, especially when you are going to share something.
According to OSI, the Internet Safety Office, “Each person is responsible for their own privacy, both offline and online. […] Before we share something on the internet, we need to stop thinking about whether it really doesn’t matter to us that anyone can access it, now or in the future. We must be clear that we will lose control of any information we download from the Internet, because even if we delete it, a third party may have saved it and shared it in turn ”.
Of course “ceveryone is free to do what they want with their personal data ”, but OSI released an infographic of the types of personal data and information we shouldn’t be sharing on the internet, because then may bill us in the future:
Email and phone number
Although it is common to use them to register on websites, If we share it freely on the internet, we expose ourselves to falling victim to spam, phishing, and all kinds of social engineering-based cyberattacks.
Addresses and specific geographic location
Sharing our position in real time or our personal address is very dangerous, we don’t know the intentions of someone who might be interested in knowing where we live, what places we frequent or when we are not at home.
Photos of minors
Uploading to share the photo of a son, grandson or nephew is normal on social networks, however, we do not know where these images may end up or who may have access to them. It is better to cover his face in one way or another.
Compromising / sensitive photos
Already the simple act of downloading a selfie on a social network or on the Internet already has an impact on the fingerprint and on the digital identity, and this is something that must be thought a little before doing it, because posting compromising or intimate or sexual photos can pose a great threat to our security and have very serious consequences, such as sextortion or cyberbullying.
Personal documents: identity document, card, contracts
Your identity document, your driving license, an employment contract or your bank details are personal and very sensitive data, If you expose them on the Internet, you may be the victim of techniques such as phishing or identity theft, and cybercriminals will use your data fraudulently.
Opinions, complaints and comments that bind you
Complaining, expressing a criticism or just letting off steam is very common on social networks and forums, But a risky comment on the Internet can reach the ears of people who may feel offended, even attacked, and who might not take the comments you have made too well.
Conversations and private chats
In the same way that we should not share photos of third parties without their consent, Private conversations and chats are not something we should be sharing on the internet, especially if they contain personal data or information that could be seen as revealing secrets, and that the other person would rather not share.
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