Having been back blogging for just over a year some of you may recall my post from a few months back on my thoughts on blogging in general and how it has changed over the years, the difference between then and now mainly the social media side of things. Prior to this blog I had another blog, you can read the post here.
Us bloggers seem to be quite happy to share our lives across a number of social media platforms, have you actually sat down to think that EVERYONE with internet can have access to these platforms and know so much about you which could potentially put your life in danger? Not only that but have you also thought about things like fake twitter / instagram profiles or even someone pulling your own profile / blog photos for their own use on social media to obtain free goods fraudulently? With more and more of us getting hooked on electrical devices smart phones / tablets etc this is a worrying trend which is only set to increase as people share more and more online. The younger generation growing up wouldn't know any different so they may see it as normal to share everything online - scary right! With that in mind you might be thinking of a Digital Detox where you step back and look at what you are currently doing and how you can be more safe to protect yourself.
My Voucher Codes conducted an interesting survey which I thought would be good to share with you all to create awareness. They spoke various social media users / bloggers to find out the effects of identity fraud and those specifically who have actually had experience of this first hand and the precautions they now take to try and protect themselves more. They surveyed Facebook, Instagram and Twitter users and asked " Have your own images of photographs being used by other people without your permission?" They found as much as 23% of social media users have had images used by someone else without permission and I am certain this % is rising as we speak.
So you might be interested in reading some actual examples My Voucher Codes have provided Below.
Fake Facebook Profiles