A week ago, a UK Government official advised web users to use fake details, names and other personal information when logging in to social media websites. His statement sparked controversy and was frowned upon by fellow politicians.
"When you put information on the internet do not use your real name, your real date of birth," said Andy Smith, internet security chief at the Cabinet Office, during a “Parliament and Internet” Conference in Portcullis House, Westminster. His comments drew immediate critiques. A fellow politician called his advice “outrageous” and argued that "It is exactly what we don't want. We want more security online. It's anonymity which facilitates cyberbullying, the abuse of children.”
Using your real name, phone number, location and other personal info on social media may cause trouble. Especially when you post messages such as “I’m packing! Tomorrow I’ll leave for sunny Italy for 2 weeks.” You’re just inviting burglars into your home. We realize that vacations are exciting and you want to tell all your friends. But be cautious about what you post online because even the most private post can be leaked and shared publicly!
Here at BullGuard we want to educate you on this delicate matter by drawing attention to important articles we’ve gathered up for you:
- Stop cyberbullying.
- To post or not to post.
- Facebook privacy settings.
- Take control of your online reputation.
- The ABC of social media security.
Do you think it’s a good idea to use your real or fake name on social media? Here's our PROS and CONS. Let us know what you think.