How safe are you online?

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-26-2001
How safe are you online?
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Sun, 06-26-2011 - 8:51am

Click out this article

iVillage Member
Registered: 07-19-2011
Tue, 07-19-2011 - 8:19pm

It's true that passwords are not as safe as we sometimes think they are! Check out our blog on the topic.

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-26-2001
Wed, 06-29-2011 - 10:40pm

LOL

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-16-2001
Wed, 06-29-2011 - 10:41am
Karla, there was an article somewhere - either the NY Times or the Washington Post, I think - that said that postings by teens on social media outlets were rich information that were then used as a stepping stone by burglars to search for more detailed information about their whereabouts from the people in their contact list and through Google. Zuckenberg would have us share everything, but it just doesn't work that way for our own safety.

Adults are also guilty of oversharing and indiscreet sharing, too. It didn't start with FB, methinks - it started with message boards ;-)
Community Leader
Registered: 04-07-2008
Wed, 06-29-2011 - 8:53am

I'm telling you what, since FB came along I'm not sure we're as safe as we used to be. lol I check my daughters' accounts constantly to make sure they haven't posted something unknowingly with TMI and I am constantly telling them to remove things their friends have posted that could lead someone right to our front door.

I am completely stunned that level of highly personal information that people don't realize they are giving out for all the world to see.

Karla
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iVillage Member
Registered: 11-26-2001
Mon, 06-27-2011 - 8:30pm

Great article Poppy!

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-16-2001
Sun, 06-26-2011 - 9:02pm

I've got different passwords for different types of accounts, and change them on a regular basis. The shortest password is 8 letters+numbers long, the longest 18. I've got 8 passwords going on right now, which explains why I often forget which is which. I'd rather forget a password and have to reset it than have accounts hacked - not only email, but for anything online, especially the ones that have account details on it such as credit card numbers.

Unfortunately a lot of people think that too much of a hassle to change one's password, or that people are exaggerating the dangers or thinking that it only happens to other people.

Here's another article on choosing passwords.