Beware Internet Privacy


You may want to evaluate how you use social media.

Jeff Rubin, an information technology professor at Syracuse University, said privacy is a bigger concern for the everyday person than cyber security.

People may want to brand themselves through Twitter, or LinkedIn, but creating a balance between over sharing information and branding is key.

“Treat everything you put online as if everyone can see it,” said Doug Crescenzi, a graduate assistant for the School of Information Studies.

Everything is assessable without security settings. In lecture, Rubin showed the information of a random student from class. The information gathered was through a simple Google search. Not only were pictures of underage drinking free game, but starting with that simple search and connecting dots Rubin could find information about the value of their parents’ home.

Rubin said one way to monitor your image is to set up a Google Alerts for your name, or just Google yourself. Creating a positive image with blogs, or other content, can also push down unfavorable results in Google.

So, next time a picture from that party you went to last weekend is put online think twice.