What do you need to know about your personal information on the internet?
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What do you need to know about your personal information on the internet?
Everyday, new personal information about an individual is posted on the internet. Each of these information is very important to be wary of.
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Watch what you reveal on the internet, it may come back to haunt you!

Your life on the internet is in danger everyday, it is important to protect yourself from having your personal information stolen.

Evan Cole's insight:

The very first lesson I have been taught when using the internet was from my dad.  He taught me to not talk to strangers.  I have always thought the person on the other side is always friendly and helpful, so I never really understood the danger of talking to strangers.  Flash-forward twelve years.  Protecting your personal information is a huge topic in the internet community.  People, especially children, are constantly posting information about their everyday lives on social media; companies are taking these information and trading/selling them off to a $300 billion market of personal data from 500 million people worldwide.  CISPA protects our country from foreign cyberattacks, but doesn't protect your privacy.  There are tons of tips on how to protect your personal information.

 

Ever since my dad told me to not talk to strangers, I've been more aware of my activities on the internet.  It is very important for me to protect myself, my family and my friends from being exposed through my personal information.  I am constantly learning and finding ways to protect myself.  This research gave me a broader view of the data market and how important these data are for companies; it also convinced me to actually read privacy policies, rather than skipping them.  I hope those of you that read this Scoop are now fully aware of how important your personal information is to you and to companies.

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Everything We Know About What Data Brokers Know About You

Everything We Know About What Data Brokers Know About You | What do you need to know about your personal information on the internet? | Scoop.it
The companies that sell information about how much money you make — and whether you’re pregnant, divorced, or trying to lose weight — are facing new scrutiny.
Evan Cole's insight:

This article provides a clear view inside the personal data market.  Lois Beckett did an incredible job providing questions with simple answers.  There have been a lot of things in this article that I have not known before, such as the fact that there are data from 500 million people worldwide that are being traded/sold/bought, also the fact that the personal data market is worth $300 billion.

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How Much Is Your Data Worth? Mmm, Somewhere Between Half a Cent and $1,200

How Much Is Your Data Worth? Mmm, Somewhere Between Half a Cent and $1,200 | What do you need to know about your personal information on the internet? | Scoop.it
There is a massive mismatch between how much user data in aggregate is worth to the system and how much any individual profile is worth.
Evan Cole's insight:

You probably have already known, companies are selling/trading/buying your personal information; but what you probably don't know is how much you're worth.  This article gave me a broad insight on this situation.  Google and Facebook both charge $5 to $20 for information per user.  The article also points out that paying extra for private data protection can be less costly as the worth of your personal data that is being sold/bought, but most people do not take up this opportunity.  This article really interested me.

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Top ten reasons to keep your personal information private

Top ten reasons to keep your personal information private | What do you need to know about your personal information on the internet? | Scoop.it
Evan Cole's insight:

This article lists the 10 reasons why posting personal information on the internet can be very dangerous to you and others.  Unfortunately, some of these scenarios in this article are common and people do not know it.  These dangers can result in damaging your life permanently.  It is definitely important to understand the dangers of posting personal information on the internet.

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CISPA: what it is and what you need to know

CISPA: what it is and what you need to know | What do you need to know about your personal information on the internet? | Scoop.it
The lowdown on the CISPA 2013 cybersecurity bill - who's for it, who's against and whether it will become law.
Evan Cole's insight:

CISPA has been a hot topic on the internet for the past year or so.  It is a bill that helps protect the American internet infrastructure and national security from cyberthreats.  Why do people dislike it?  The bill also allows the government to use and share your private personal data without your consent.  This article clearly details the entire aspect of CISPA and I believe it is a must-read for internet users.

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How to Keep Your Personal Information Secure | Consumer Information

How to Keep Your Personal Information Secure | Consumer Information | What do you need to know about your personal information on the internet? | Scoop.it
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I don't think this article can be any simpler to guide you full protection from your personal information from being stolen.  Yes, it is commonly known that people must use an anti-virus software and not to talk to strangers; but this article goes more in depth.  You need to be wary of what you post on Facebook, a tiny clue in pictures can reveal a lot about you.  You also need to read privacy policies when creating an account or installing software, companies can hide policies that would benefit themselves.

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Silicon Valley companies quietly try to kill Internet privacy bill

Silicon Valley companies quietly try to kill Internet privacy bill | What do you need to know about your personal information on the internet? | Scoop.it
A letter signed by 15 businesses and trade groups -- including TechAmerica, which represents Google, Facebook, Microsoft and other tech firms -- demanded Internet privacy bills author, Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal, D-Long Beach, drop the bill.
Evan Cole's insight:

Trying to end an internet privacy bill is one thing, but trying to end an internet privacy bill quietly is a whole nother thing.  Consumers want to know what companies are doing with their personal information; the Right to Know Act allows this.  Companies are trying end this bill quietly to prevent ruckus from the consumers and avoid potential lawsuits.  I believe this an important article to read about while it is still a fresh topic today.

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