Guarding Your Personal Information: #Identitytheft #digitalfootprint
May 7, 2014
Twenty days ago, I had only shared the information about my move to Florida with five good friends, because I wasn’t exactly sure of the move. However, in that same first week, before I shared my news with my Facebook and Blog friends, one of those good friends I discussed my future with, told me that he was at a hairstylist’s shop and heard from the guy cutting his hair all my private news. I was amazed and aghast at the same time.
I asked all of the people I had told and none even knew the hairstylist, except the guy getting his hair cut. Then, that evening on television, I had watched a television show called “Person of Interest.” This show is about a computer program that uses every camera, computer, and cell phone in the world to monitor everyone, even those who have no phones or computers. The concept is supposed to be a “what if?” show, but everywhere you look, television shows like NCSI have computer technologists who can supposedly hack into computer systems to watch anything and anyone—everywhere. My personal identity and safety suddenly feels at risk. Who is watching me now, as I sit and write my blog. I’m staring right at my computer camera.
I understand that, as I share my information freely on my blog, that this is now public domain. That fact doesn’t frighten me. I want my blog and my websites to be for the public’s use and information. How else would I be able to start my small publishing company in Florida, if I didn’t have the ability to have social media and search engines?
However, when I start to think about what I share on Facebook and LinkedIn, maybe some of that information doesn’t need to be so public. I waffle about all this. I certainly try not to share facts I don’t want people to know, but I have written about almost everything in my life. So, I would say that I’m one of those guys who is very transparent. I’m not afraid to be who I am and don’t care who knows it. That’s a good thing. This is an authentic fact. I like that in people, and I try to be transparent most of my life.
I simply wonder what and who is looking and has access to my bank account, my online information, passwords, my social security number, and personal information that I DON’T WANT to be shared? Many companies have evolved to try and protect this digital footprint. As I search the Internet for information about this subject, I see that an article in “Computer World” by Robert Mitchell says that much of the publicly available information online is sourced from online county, state, and federal government records and databases. This is, also, where your social security number may be available. Mr. Mitchell also says that because this information is gleaned from records, much of his information, when he went searching his own digital footprint, was amiss and simply incorrect. He said, if you have a name that is common, this makes finding correct information even harder. So, the image of a Russian or Nigerian hacker browsing my computer is actually amiss. Most of the information found about me on the web by people tracking me is from county-based databases located in a building about a mile from your house. This does put my mind at ease, a bit. But this information does make me want to hire a company to protect my digital footprint.
To that information, I freely add that in July, I am moving to Southern Florida to begin a new small imprint publishing company called: Finding Authentic You Publishing: findingauthenticyoupublishing.com. I am accepting submissions now for my January 2015 bookshelf. If you or any friends are interested, please go to the website and read the submission guidelines. Thanks.
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