A few months ago, someone emailed me to call out the fact that the pictures in my posts had GPS information stored in their metadata. He suggested that was a bad idea and I should change that. So, should I?
After thinking about it, I decided that I didn’t want to lose that information about my pictures, so any risk wasn’t worth it to me. Does it matter to someone if my picture was taken in West Des Moines, Iowa or Vero Beach, Florida? I can’t see that it does. But that information might be valuable to me someday when I lose my mind completely and wonder, where did I take that picture?
I realize you can probably never be too careful, but is there such a thing as overkill when it comes to that? I have a friend who didn’t want me to include her address when I scheduled an event at her house on Facebook. I understand and it’s no big deal, but I should have told her I could get her address in a minute some other way. So, what does that accomplish?
Within the last week or so, someone has been trying to log into my blog site. Almost every day I get an email telling me someone was locked out after so many failed attempts. I installed a plugin that would allow me to determine how many failed attempts resulted in a lockout and for how long that IP address would be blocked. The problem is, whoever this is has been using multiple IP addresses. I traced a few of them and they all seem to be in South America.
So, why would someone want to log into my measly little blog? Why would they keep trying so hard? I don’t get it.
I’ve also been subject to having copies of my Instagram profile duplicated. Again, I don’t get it. What does someone gain by pretending to be me? Can you explain that to me?
So, how careful do I need to be?
Tell me, how should I be more careful, or does it matter? Can I ever be careful enough?
I used to never let Google on my laptop or my iPhone or iPad store my passwords, assuming I was being careful. But lately, I’ve let laziness take over and now have most of my passwords stored. Is that bad?
I also use a lot of the same passwords over and over and rarely change one unless I’m forced to. I know someone will tell me that’s not good. But how much risk is there? I know, all is good until something bad happens. I’ve witnessed that mindset when what’s right isn’t the chosen course of action, either because of cost or inconvenience. I guess I’m guilty of that now.
I worked in a corporate environment where cybersecurity was stressed a lot. But I also know policies were violated, justified in terms of practicality. How many executives share their passwords with their assistants? I get both perspectives. But why have policies and stress diligence if they can’t be enforced?
Maybe I should stress more about it, but I just don’t. I don’t want to fall into the trap of thinking it always happens to someone else. I know something could happen to me just as easily.
It’s tough to keep up with all the scams and hackers out there. As soon as one thing is secured, they find a new way to get to you. It’s endless and keeps the security companies in business, I guess.
Please share what you do to be careful when it comes to cyber security by answering my latest poll. It will only be open for voting until March 31. You can vote for as many answers as you like, and even add something I didn’t think to include. I’m very curious to see how what I do, or don’t do, compares with others.
I hate that we can’t just do our thing without always having to worry about some bad person out there. 😡