Techcrunch.com featured the “World Map Of Social Networks Shows Rise Of Facebook” article on its site today.
The article, with its brightly colored graphics and corresponding map legend, caught my immediate interest.
The article took me off task from posting my planned blog post, “Are You Too Networked“, but I’ll get that posted soon. …
Social Media and Social Networking Sites allow you to “meet” people you wouldn’t otherwise have met.
It’s easy to feel comfortable when networking online and common to feel like you “know” and can trust who you network with. On some levels, you probably can.
Looking at the World Map of Social Networks, shows the depth and potential of strangers with access to your data.
The article and detailed map, released today on http://www.techcrunch.com, shows the “depth” and reach online social networks have across the globe. http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/12/21/world-map-social-networks/
There are risks when networking reaches this magnitude. To avoid potential “security & privacy risks” use common sense safety precautions.
One suggestion: don’t share your private/personal data unless you know who you’re sharing it with.
On a side note, Twitter allows users to have multiple accounts with different user-names. (a point to ponder).
Want To Protect Your Identity & Privacy on Social Networking Sites? Take a few of these precautions. They may seem rash, but could help protect your privacy.
Do Not Disclose or Use Your:
Home or Work Address. Use a location central to your area
Work, Home and/or Cell Phone Numbers (I use my Google Voice Number instead)
Primary e-mail (especially if it includes your name or birthday year etc)
Specific dates, ie., dates and times of vacation or business travel
Mother’s Maiden Name, Spouse or Significant other’s Full Name, and/or their Places of Employment
Family Names, Children and/or Next of Kin Full Names
Drivers License or Social Security Number
ID Card Style Avatars: Photos like those on State or Government issued ID Cards. In other words, make it hard for identity thieves to create a convincing / real-looking fake ID.
Registering for membership on a site isn’t as serious as applying for credit or filling out an employment application.
Ask yourself; Do they really “need” all that personal information?
I’m not an online security and risk prevention professional, but I’ve safely used online social media since 1998.
I also draw from my past military training when navigating the social media landscape.
For more info, check out this article on protecting your privacy: http://www.businessknowhow.com/security/opsec.htm
Stay Safe & Happy Networking!