What social signals are YOU giving the bad guys?

It is like social media has taken our society by the scruff of the neck and shaken it.  Shaken it really hard.

With the rise of WiFi and free WiFi, smart devices and social media has exploded.

You cannot go anywhere without someone somewhere taking a photo, a video or recording whats going on for prosperity – both good or bad.   That data is then uploaded to YouTube, Facebook, twitter, Instagram or any of the other hundreds of social media sites.

So not only have we got a privacy issue that no one cares about it, but we are in the process of putting everything we do, see or are into into the digital realm where it can be seen by everyone.

With this constant requirement for instant gratification, our 15 minutes of fame, the bad guys are giggling in glee.

Your going on holidays and away from home for a week, quick tell your friends on Facebook so they can be SOOO jealous.   You have a new car, lets post a picture on Instagram, is the number plate important, ah who cares.

To the baby boomer, privacy is still a huge concern.   Speaking with friends recently, face to face, over a beer, this subject came up.

There were things that some of my friends and I have done that not even our families know about!   We know about them because of the bond we have but anyone outside that bond would not understand, but not one person in the group would break the trust by posting it on Facebook.

Even our children have an understanding of privacy.   Not telling us about some of their exploits.   This is what I expect and respect.

The Password problem!

The millennium children, anyone under 25, have a different focus on privacy.   They all believe that it is not important.

I saw an NBC story recently about passwords and asking everyday Americans on the street what their passwords are.  90% of those interviewed gave their password away within 20 seconds of someone putting a camera in their face.  All of those people looked to be under 25.

You know what passwords are – they are our passports to the digital world.   And there they were giving them away as if they were not important.

Our problems with the digital world are many and varied, but not respecting it as a dangerous place is making it more dangerous all the time.

Compared with the wild west, the digital world is the worst place to be.   We can lose everything in the blink of an eye.

That is why we need to stop making it so easy for the bad guys.

Roger Smith, is an educator. Teaching students at ADFA (UNSW) and showing them how vulnerable they are to cybercrime.

He is also CEO at R & I ICT Consulting Services Pty Ltd, an Amazon #1 author on Cybercrime and founder of the SME Security Framework. He is a Consultant who specialises in inexpensive and highly effective security strategies for small and medium businesses and not for profit organisations.

He has developed and authored the SME Security Framework and the Security Policy Training Course which are considered to be the definitive guides to helping SME's protect their organisation using the principles of Technology, Management, Adaptability and Compliance.