How Much of You Is “Out There”

You know the saying, “once it’s out on the internet, everybody can see it.”People know this but a lot of times don’t seem to heed the warning. They tend to forget a simple Google search can returns all kind of information on a person- the good, the bad, and the ugly. Don’t believe me? A couple of PC World editors performed the 30 Minute Google Challenge on a couple of their coworkers. The results speak for themselves.

I feel like I’m beating a dead horse here but I swear some people just don’t understand the possible ramifications of what they post on the internet. Whether it’s a tweet, a Facebook photo, or simply commenting on somebody’s blog if you don’t want others to see it just don’t put it out there. Maybe you should think about locking up your social media sites. A few clicks of the mouse can help you protect your Facebook statuses and Twitter page. Then there’s that information you had no idea was even out there in the first place. Take one of the examples in the article above. After searching for 20 minutes, someone was able to find a street view of the house a person grew up in, their parent’s information, and estimated household income. All they started with was a name and email address too. You can’t say that’s not at least a little disconcerting if not downright scary. Those are the times we live in now though, all of that information at your fingertips.

On the other hand, people continue to be na├»ve and float their personal stuff out and about not thinking about the consequences. Take the recent Anthony Weiner scandal for instance. You would think a smart Representative such as himself would know the repercussions of tweeting those pics. He probably said the same thing though, “nobody will ever see them.” Well surprise, surprise. The only way to truly hide from the internet is to get off of it but obviously that’s not very practical. Just be smart and take the necessary precautions before venturing out into the wild.