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Y'all I'm excited cause today Sam at Single Hop gets to be my fran. Wait, I don't know if I actually had to tell y'all that since Sam gets to be my fran for free cause I just like him, his company and the topic of this post a whole heck of a lot. I know y'all couldn't care less and really just wanna know what the title of this post means and why I have a "not-actin'-a-mess-Miley-Cyrus" photo for this post. Well, I'm sure 'bout to tell y'all.
I've mentioned a few times before but I have a little sister. Well, she ain't that little. She's only five years younger than me. We really are like night and day.Growin' up we really were quite different. One of those differences came in her obsession of Hannah Montana. Y'all to say my sister was obsessed with the show, Miley or anythin' revolved around it is an understatement. So obsessed that she had a MySpace account where she would connect with the show and fans of the show. Upon connection' she followed an account that claimed to be Miley Cyrus. Y'all the creepy man that ran this account did a good job. So good that he had many other accounts of "celebreties" and would use them to comment on the Miley account and make it look like he was really her. Y'all he was foolin' thousands of people. Foolin' them so well that when "fake Miley" said "he" would call a few fans she put our house phone number all over the internet. Obviously he was not Miley and was tryin' to get her to his house for a "sleep-over." Who know what could have happened if my aunt haden't stepped in and realized what she was doin' on the internet. Or if Miley , at the time, hadn't issued a public statement sayin' she didn't have a Myspace page and that "he" was a fake. And I know y'all are wonderin', "how dumb could my sister be" and where was my Momma..
Now, I know y'all hear all this and think , "Leshea- duh! I would never share some somethin' like that on the internet. I ain't crazy!" Obviously someone with common sense would never share somethin' so personal like a phone number, address or log site log-in information, but have you stopped and thought about the many other things you shouldn't share online but have...
A few weeks back a bug known by the name of Heartbleed made it's way onto the internet and started messin' with a whole heck of a lot of people. Y'all people's info was taken and they are havin' a mess of a time gettin' things fixed. As of a few days back problems were still happenin' and information had a chance of bein' compromised. Y'all websites as simple as Tumblr and Pinterest are on the list. That is not ok.
So, let's get real for a second. Yes I'm real all the time here but I mean seriously:
Stop with the personal information all over the internet. While I love knowin' all about your weddin' and that special day, some things do not need to be shown. Have you ever realized that simple things in the picture could help someone identify where the photo was taken. That coupled with puttin' the date of your weddin' all over your site could lead to people findin' out more information about you than you want. Maybe I'm just good at stalkin' people and probably shouldn't admit that. But honest it ain't that hard. And while I love learnin' about your kid and all the things they do and accomplish- let's keep that information to a minimum to. I don't need to know they team they are on etc. That would make it so easy for someone to get information. Maybe I just grew up with paranoid parents but I think of these things. Growin' up my Momma hated the yard signs people would put in the front yard with the kids name and team they were on. We would drive by them in the neighborhood and my Momma would always say, " Now not only do I know what school the kid goes to but I know their name, the sport/team they are on as well as their address and position number. That's doesn't make it hard to stalk or snatch them." I know that's far fetched but think about it.
Or for example, y'all know I don't have a common spelled name. One of the reason I never use my last name or say the exact town I live in. It would be so easy to look me up and find all my info. Y'all that ain't ok. With the focus so much on social media, and modern technology, updatin' people on your every day lives feels like a must. Y'all know I enjoy sharin' my life via this blog but there's also a limit to what I will post. I'm just sayin' be careful before you hit send/publish. Just like you wouldn't put your SSN number out for everyone to see or my sister shouldn't have put our phone number out you shouldn't put other personal information.
I challenge you to google yourself one day and see what ya find. You'd be surprised. And when I say "search yourself" I mean do it as if you know nothin' about yourself. Use a website like "hidemyass" that will search without history. I guess what i'm tryin' to say is if you know how to look, it really isn't that hard to find information on someone.
Now that I rambled far to much, I wanna hear from y'all. What's one thing you would never share online? What's that one thing you see people share online that makes you cringe to the pit of your soul?