Has Your Phone Ever Creeped You Out?

It will take you 35 minutes to drive home from here. This displayed on my iphone at a friends house. Having not entered my home address, I was a bit creeped out.

Thanks to the linking of facebook to my phone, I can also receive constant annoying reminders to attend events of people I barely know.

This all comes to mind during ALA’s Choose Privacy Week. Our privacy is something that many of us are giving away. <Insert Red Hot Chili Peppers – give it away now> We’ve decided to honor this activity at our library during the whole week with digital programming. Each day we post an informative link offering step-by-step instructions for making privacy choices in the digital environment. There really is a lot of information available about this but surprisingly not everyone knows were to find it.

I’m going to share the posts we used this week here, along with some that for one reason or another were deemed not appropriate for library sponsored distribution. I hope you learn something, or at least find something valuable to share. And certainly, if I’ve missed something, don’t hesitate to add a link!

Need help convincing someone that facebook privacy settings are important? Share this app: http://www.takethislollipop.com/ Don’t worry, it doesn’t post to your wall or retain any of your information.

Creeped out? Use this youtube video to adjust your facebook privacy settings: http://ow.ly/wldL6 Also, if you really are serious about this, there are longer more indepth videos. I found this one adequate but feel free to get more committed!

Would you like some additional info on the state of privacy in the United States? Here’s a great -short- 8 minute PBS documentary: http://ow.ly/wlc98

Do you use WiFi in public spaces? Be smart & play it safe! OnGuard Online offers a quick tutorial: http://ow.ly/wlgRz

Remember all those government computers hacked because the password was ‘password’? And we all decided they must be idiots? Don’t laugh until you know whether yours passes muster! Remember an ounce of prevention is the best medicine! http://ow.ly/wlheT

Consider your google dashboard: Super handy tool or super sleuth rat? Control what you share and with whom by monitoring your profile http://ow.ly/wliRE

Last but not least! That iphone – do you vow to share only what you want to share and nothing more so help you Pink Panther? http://ow.ly/wli49 don’t forget these privacy settings!!

How about a TED talk: http://www.ted.com/talks/alessandro_acquisti_why_privacy_matters

Or how about a whole ‘nuther link fest of awesome interactive tools to teach your own privacy class:

http://teachingprivacy.icsi.berkeley.edu/?page_id=47

Great link to Choosing Privacy Week’s list of resources: http://chooseprivacyweek.org/know-your-rights/for-libraries/

I could go on all day… I wish I had time to make this pretty and cute … but I wanted to share before I’m old and this is outdated!!

Enjoy!

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