On the return flight of our most recent family holiday, I leaned over and asked my husband if the plane had wifi. He didn’t think so except to play the in-flight movies, so I couldn’t use the Internet. Bummer! This was the first time I didn’t bring anything to do on the plane aside from my computer. And what to do with a computer sans internet? Needless to say, I was bored for a while…and then my 9-month old daughter woke up from her very short nap 😉
My point here is that I don’t (or can’t) really use my computer for anything worthwhile (in my opinion) unless I have the internet. I need the internet for EVERYTHING I do on my computer! Like Gmail (personal and work), Google Calendar (personal and work), Google Drive (personal and work), COETAIL, Digg Reader, Facebook, Twitter, my personal blog (which I haven’t had time to update since the summer!), etc. I think it’s obvious that through utilizing all of these apps/websites, I am putting myself out there. I am in a sense publishing information about myself for all the world to see.
Call me naive, but I honestly have never paid much attention to my privacy settings until reading some of the suggested readings for this week, like Beware: the Internet could own your future. I just didn’t see the importance (and I am still a bit skeptical). My feelings were that I didn’t have anything to hide, so why would I need to worry about my privacy settings, right? Not exactly, I guess!
Literally, right after reading the course readings for this week, which speak about the importance of privacy settings and with Facebook in particular, I log in to Facebook. And upon logging in, I am greeted with this message:
I guess there’s a difference between security and privacy, but I think they’re related. Upon following through with the 3 ways that Facebook suggested to increase my security, I also took a look at my Facebook privacy settings. I learned that my privacy settings were not as private as I thought they were! And I changed them immediately. Of course, finding the privacy settings were a bit confusing as was how to change them to display what I wanted them to display. The following article does a nice job of more easily explaining How to Control Your Facebook Privacy Settings.
I think privacy has A LOT to do with what YOU feel comfortable with. Like I said before, I don’t have anything to hide (at least not that I know of!), but I also don’t want any creepers creeping up on my personal information. Do you think privacy settings are as important for adults as they are for our children and our students? I warmly welcome your comments below.