Guidelines for Publishing Information Online
Internet is a public resource and one of the largest media in the world. It has tens of millions of users, acting as viewers and advertisers. The commercial content of Internet is increasing constantly, and it is estimated that around 200 million people have access to Internet every day, in order to gather information and to establish commercial contacts.
Identity Theft is an increasing threat! Take precautions, protect yourself and your personal information!
With Guidelines we wish to remind you that you are not really anonymous when you publish information online. Many people have become so comfortable with the use of Internet that they forget to be cautious and therefore make themselves vulnerable. On Internet it is as easy for people to find out information about you as for you to find information about them.
- Avoid publishing information online that you do not want the public to see. Once it is published, it is available to other people and to search engines all over the world.
- Even though you try to remove the information after you have published it, it may already have been viewed by someone in the original version, and cached/copied by search engines. Some browsers may also maintain a cache of web sites you have visited, so the original version may be stored in a temporary file on your computer.
- Make sure you are comfortable with anyone seeing the information you put online. Is the information that you forward private or restricted to a selected group, then Internet with forums and blogs is probably not the best forum.
- Not only your company`s web site, but also your private web site which often contain information about your job, family, friends and hobbies, may give hackers enough information about you to perform a social engineering attack successfully.
- Out-of-office-replies by email (autoresponderer) which huge organisations and companies use for giving better service, is not recommended for small companies or individuals - it is equivalent with leaving your front door open when you are not present. In addition, anyone who sends you an email will receive your away-message, and if one of the receivers is a spammer, it also comfirms that your email is active, and it may increase the amount of spam in the future.
- Once you have published information - it is already out there on Internet - and you cannot guarantee that you will be able to remove it completely.
- Let your common sense guide your decisions, determine the value your information provides, and consider the implications of sharing your information with others.
- Identy Theft is an increasing threat. Take precautions, protect yourself and your personal information!