The Civil Guard makes it clear to us what data we should never share over the Internet
Our passage through the internet every day, is creating an almost permanent digital footprint for posterity. Let’s think before posting or sharing anything if it might cause us problems in the future.
Before, the crazy things that were done as young people or children were eventually forgotten and it was possible to turn the page and become a new person with ease. With the internet this is over and deleting errors on the network is very difficult, the repercussions can be very serious.
In social networks, messaging applications, emails, and other platforms, every day we interact on the internet and leave clues about our tastes, way of being and some somewhat sensitive data that may compromise our privacy.
Either to protect us from possible cyber attacks and identity theft or so that our life on the Internet does not prevent us from having a normal life in the future, we have to be careful with the data we share on the network. The Civil Guard remember sensitive data that we should avoid sharing
You may not be concerned now, but a social post may affect your chances of getting a job in the future. It can also cause you to be victim of blackmail or extortion. These are some of the personal data with which you have to be more careful, according to the Civil Guard:
- Email and phone number: it is the first data that criminals need to impersonate our identity or subject us to attacks such as spam or phishing. You can use them with caution to create accounts on platforms or services, but do not share them freely on the internet.
- Address and location: The Civil Guard explains that you never know who may be interested in knowing our home address, the places we frequent or where we work or study.
- Photos of minors: The little ones in the house are great, funny and a pride that we want to share with the world, but we should not. “We do not know where these images end up or who can have access to them“, the Civil Guard recommends covering the face of minors in networks.
- Compromising photos: The same happens with sexual or very intimate photos, they can make us victims of sextortion or cyberbullying.
- Personal documents: Our ID, driver’s license, employment contract or bank details, … are a treasure for cybercriminals. Phishing is the least hackers can do with this personal data.
- Opinions and criticisms: The Civil Guard also considers it dangerous to give our opinion on the internet. “A risque comment on the Internet can reach the ears of people who may feel offended or even attacked, and who may not take our comments too well,” they explain.
- Private conversations: Avoid sharing private conversations, especially if they expose sensitive and private information of other people who have not given us permission to publish them.
If despite these and other security measures, you end up being the victim of a computer attack or extortion through the network, do not hesitate to ask the authorities for help. You can report to the Civil Guard or consult by phone on line 017 that the National Cybersecurity Institute INCIBE has where they will advise you on how to proceed.
Remember that the best protection against cybercrime is information, keeping up to date with the latest scams that circulate, deception methods and protection and privacy systems of all the devices and applications you use.