4 REASONS WHY YOUR ONLINE PRIVACY SETTINGS SHOULD BE AS UP TO DATE AS YOUR STUDY HABITS

September 25, 2014

IT'S THERE FOR LIFE, Liana Gangi

(… always completed on time, right?)

Study habits are hard to maintain. You have to be constantly reviewing and checking your work, so to remain on top of all your studies and stay in the good books of your teachers. While homework can be a pain, it is vital in succeeding through your school life.

Strangely, there a link between the way we maintain our study habits and the way we upholding a safe online profile – both must be REGULARLY checked! In today’s digital day and age, where it is rare to find a person not tweeting, liking, instagraming or pinning, it is becoming more and more essential to keep your information online safe and private.

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If, like your algebra homework, your online privacy settings haven’t been assessed recently, here are some reminders to shape you into the Dux of Privacy Settings (just in case that school Dux doesn’t work out for you)

  1. The good old ‘If you wouldn’t share it with your nanna, don’t share it at all’ theory

As cliché as this quote is, it is completely true. Sure, you might have had a really fun time at that really big party, but if your sweet, innocent grandparents would blush at the picture, the rest of the cyber world probably would too.

  1. ‘So I’ve had a look at your twitter account and not loving the…’

These words are becoming more and more common in job interviews around Australia. Just like you can stalk an acquaintance before meeting them, your future employees can do the same. A recent survey by CareerBuilder showed that 37% of employees investigate job candidate’s social media profiles before hiring. Lesson: if something is you post now could have future ramifications, don’t post it at all.

  1. Check your share setting before checking in

I love a check-in. You love a check-in. We all love a little check-in! Especially when we are visiting a cool café/monument/place/movie that we want to brag off to the rest of our online friends. However, if these check-ins are not set to ‘friends only’, anyone who crosses your public profile can see where you are and where you hang. Cool for friends, not cool for online predators or general cyber creeps.

  1. Identity Theft

While Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy made the loss of identity a hilarious 2013 film, unfortunately real life doesn’t roll that way. With basic information given on a public Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, hackers have enough information and photos to create false accounts under anyone’s name. While victims of impersonation accounts are usually chosen at random, having not put out any more information than the average twitter user, if you can prevent this by having your information on private to begin with, you are already one step ahead of the online underworld.

These short yet simple steps can ensure that you are minimalizing the damage that can be done to your cyber footprint, and take only a minute to do – and let’s be honest, is probably a lot simpler than your algebra homework!

Liana Gangi

– Photos Amy Steele

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