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Are You Sharing Too Much Online?

As social media’s usage has risen, so has people’s willingness to share personal information via that medium.

People share so much information now that one study said that 90% of adults think people share too much information online.

But what type of potentially dangerous information is being shared and why do people share this information in the first place?

Many social media users simply don’t understand their privacy options — or the privacy policy they agreed to when they signed up for a particular service. (This is certainly a candidate for simplifying legal jargon) Facebook is notorious for its complex and confusing privacy controls, for instance.

Furthermore, many social media users don’t understand their right to privacy, either.

So much sharing happens by default online; it’s difficult for many to remember what the point of privacy is, or why it should be protected. There are many great arguments for openness and transparency — and not just from the businesses that benefit from each user’s shared information.


Then there are issues with personal information and identity fraud. Where does it stop? How do we benefit from the use of social media, without being overwhelmed by the pitfalls?

Check out this Infographic to learn the answers to those questions and more.


By Michael Lemaire


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