We've all done it - whether it's drunk texting or accidentally sending an e-mail we wish we could undo. Lucky for us, most of us aren't congressmen in a public position and the consequences are much less dire - say a slap in the face or hurt feelings for a week. Carefully follow our 5 step guide to protecting your privacy & security to avoid your own version of Anthony Weiner's online privacy debacle. We'd love to hear your tips and best practices as well!
1) Understand What Privacy Means Today: Stay informed and know what's going on and where you are vulnerable.
- Privacy Please: Privacy (or Lack Thereof) In the Tech World
- Is it OK to Snoop into Your Honey's E-Mail?
- Are You Using One of the Most Common iPhone Passwords?
- Sony PSN Hacked, Your Personal Information Gets Nabbed
- A Security Failing: How Safe Do You Feel In Your Home?
- Important Security Alert Regarding Geotagged Photos
2) Don't Do It In The First Place: Don't broadcast your personal info!
- How to Keep Your Breakup Off Facebook's Newsfeed
- Gmail is Doing Their Part to Stop Drunk Emailing
- Survey: Got A Texting Addiction?
- Callout Cards Tell Your Textual Abusers to Back Off!
- Is it OK to Post Home Pics on Facebook?
- Reasons Why You Should Be Careful About Facebook Places
3) Maintain Your Privacy Online: Secure your passwords, keep your browsing private.
- How to Better Protect Your Online Identity
- Fake Answer Security Questions for Safer Online Browsing
- Increase Your Security With Local Password Storage
- How Do You Store Your Passwords?
- How To: Keep Web Surfing Private
4) Maintain Your Privacy In Real Life Shred sensitive documents, mask your voice, work in partitioned privacy, and secure your home and stuff.
- Protecting Your ID: Shredding the Evidence
- Time Saving Tip: Keep a Shredder in the Entry
- Mask Your Voice with Your Voice? Herman Miller Babble
- Yamaha VSP-1 Camouflages Your Conversation
- Divide and Conquer: Partitions for Computing Privacy
- 5 Room Dividers Add Privacy for the Home Office
- Privacy Solutions in the Home Office
- Survey: Privacy Filters?
- Final Frame A Desk for Private Personalities
- RFID Alert: Protect Your Cards From Electronic Theft
- How To Secure Your Wireless Network
- Improve Safety With Low Light Wireless Security Cameras
- Gadget Security in Public Spaces?
5) Delete Your Cyber Identity: Get rid of your online self, remove your personal information from an old computer, and use fake identities in place of your real one.