The number of users who surf the Internet and mainly use social networks has increased explosively in recent years. With that, so has personal information circulating on the web and that includes everything from photos of family and friends until date of birth, occupation, home address, and even marital status.
While delivering data such as identity card, phone or email is mandatory in some places, the fact is that Internet users should avoid repeatedly publishing confidential information in the wrong hands could have serious consequences.
“Users of the web, especially the new generations are less aware of the risks to ventilate privacy, perhaps because for them has always been so and because it has never occurred to them anything,” says Francisco Mardonet, director of the Association of Software and Services Chile (Gechs).
However, the specialist adds, people should be aware that they are responsible for the information they share with others on the Internet and it will be very difficult to control the data once they have been published. And although there are technologies that allow secure communications, “the problem remains the user behavior and today to using certain applications allows to know the habits and tastes of people,” says Mardonet.
Therefore, the director of the Gechs emphasizes that as users of the web “the best we can do is educate ourselves and be smart about sharing information.”
In that sense, there are some recommendations that may be useful when safeguard personal information circulating on the Internet. The first is to know with whom they are sharing the data, and to store and dispose of safely.
It is advised to also control the security of the Internet browser, delete any e-mail received resulting suspicious, do not allow the browser to remember passwords automatically and not access pages where you need to enter username and password from links received by email.
We also suggest not sharing passwords or maintain indefinitely, not leave personal keys available to third parties or use data such as name and birth date to create a password.
In the specific case of social networks, the bottom line will verify security settings to allow only the contacts have access to a profile, add as friends only people you know and avoid posting pictures too personal or minors.