Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Security Tip: Personal Info Online

Two Sundays ago, Sherrie and I attended a fireside with Ken Thevenin (Director of LDS Family Services in Houston) who talked about ways to protect our families from abduction, abuse, internet and other technology misuse. He gave out two handouts on preventing abduction and abuse, please email me if you would like a copy of these handouts. I thought I'd talk a little bit about the internet security he talked about.

We need to be very careful with regards to what we put online (blogs, picture albums, etc.). Our family and friends aren't the only ones with access to these pages. We should probably look into limiting the viewing of our pictures to those who want to be updated on them (we can create an email list and send out album updates whenever we have new pictures.)

As far as blogs go, you can choose to make them public or limit them to only select people, it all depends on who you care about reading your blog.

I don't mean to scare anybody, I just think it's good that we're aware that there are bad people out there that can do bad things with the information we "give" them.

Other items to be cautious about disclosing:-location/address of either home or vacation-full names. This is especially important with regards to Facebook or MySpace accounts. These social networking sites are havens for sexual predators, and unless you want them to find you, I'd make extra careful you don't put any personal identification information on their, or contact people you don't know. If you don't believe me, start paying closer attention to the news.

Eventually (once we've got enough of us interested in doing more with our website) we could eventually move to a better type of website where we could have a password logon. Let me know what your thought or concerns are.

3 comments:

Coach Ann said...

This has been one of my biggest concerns about posting anything online. I love the interaction, but I have to admit I wory about security. I would love to have a secure website with passwords.

Coach Ann said...

This has been one of my biggest concerns about posting anything online. I love the interaction, but I have to admit I worry about security. I would love to have a secure website with passwords

sherrie bebe said...

Is our stuff secure enough? What can we do to make it more secure? Can we set up a protection like what the Mullen's have where sites with specified content are blocked? There is no such thing as living in your own little sheltered bubble anymore!