see this article for more detailsNote from the above graphic that the top source of "Identity Theft" is NOT Internet related issues
but, rather - stolen / lost personal items. (wallet / purse / items in car / items in your home)
All so often I wonder about those who seem to be
as the Bible says"Straining at a gnat and swallowing a camel"
As an example - someone paranoid of sharing their name or email address or posting a photo on the Internet
BUT not even thinking twice about using their credit card to pay in a restaurant
or leaving their purse in their car or even in plain view in their home.
when such latter actions - have a hugely greater risk then those mentioned related to the Internet.
This should not be inferred to mean that certain actions on the Internet cant be risky.
certainly are risks associated with technology and the Internet - most
especially with emails or social media schemes known as "phishing".
need to analyze and review our personal behavior no matter
whether its on the Internet or off the Internet and how people
could take advantage of our social behavior..
Below are some helpful Internet sites or videos
to help educate us on Identity Theft as well as Internet Safety.
What is PHISHING?
How to be safe on Social Networks
Identity Theft and your kids
Social Media and your employment
College Admissions and Social MediaInternet Safety and your KidsSo how does all this relate to Genealogy and the Intenet??
There are not always clear black and white rules.
Some genealogy related questions that come to my mind include:
- Is posting an obituary of your parents on line a bad thing to do?
- Is posting your name and email address on line ok?
- Is posting your family tree on line showing your mother's maiden name a bad thing?
- Is posting a family photo on line appropriate?
The answers to the above - are not black and white
You will find various differing opinions among your friends and family.
and everyone will have different ideas and experiences.
and thank God we live in America - where everyone has a right to their own opinion and decisions.
frankly my feeling is the dangers of the above are highly over
exaggerated as compared to the main sources of identity theft and
I, myself, have posted numerous photos on line
of my family, posted my email on thousands of sites on line of the many
My family tree with my parents and ancestors is there
in plain view. And I have posted various obituaries of close
Truth is, I have rarely ever regretted these things. I have felt that the PROS outweighed the CONS.
BUT - could something bad or tragic happen to me because of these things.
Surely it could!! It could happen tomorrow. And then maybe I would have a different perspective n things.
we live in a real world - where bad things can and do happen - based on
people taking advantage of us - and our circumstances and information.
Each one of us will have to make our OWN decisions as to what is is ok and what is not.
There is no single right or wrong.
There will always be people that take various risks and never get "burned"
conversely people that were very paranoid and took precautions - but still ended up
getting totally burned - as to identiy theft or digital or
physical security. There are no guarantees.
It is a balancing act - and especially in the world of genealogy - there are "gives and takes" as we
out what rules we will use to operate in our "On Line World" - doing so
safely - but also doing so effectively in our pursuit of
genealogical projects.May I simply suggest we ask ourselves a question:Are we "Straining at a gnat and swallowing a camel"or in more modern lingoAre we paranoid about our online securitywhile "leaving the front door to our house totally unlocked" for the world to enter.(metaphoricaly speaking or maybe not)EDUCATION goes a long way.
Please consider reviewing some of the links above on this page.
I believe education is the greatest factor in keeping ourselves safe.