This is really an important reminder to understand that Sparkpeople is NOT a private website. Like all website which aren't protected by a password (meaning you have to have a password to access them) they are public. This means that if you don't want Google indexing your information? Don't post it. For that matter, even if it is protected (as in the case of Facebook and friends-only settings) that doesn't mean it can't get out. If even ONE person can see it, there is a chance it could get out. Period. How many people have sent naughty pictures to someone via cell phone, only to have them shared far wider than they ever wanted?
Always be mindful of what you post.
Even if they had the "no indexing" command listed, that doesn't mean it's private. Not all search engines respect that code, and that doesn't mean your information is unavailable.
I live a fairly public online life; it's the nature of my job for my real name to be listed on my company's website, and it doesn't take much to link my virtual and real life identities. So I am always cautious when posting, and if it's not something I don't want my family or employers to see, I don't post it, period.
There's also a lot of overblown paranoia about the damage that can be done with your information. Really, the odds of someone doing something nefarious with your "I just lost 2 lbs" or "I chose my username because I like cats" is slim.
With that said, learn about social hacking. This is the concept of using social cues and know-how to access information online. Security questions can often be compromised by combing someone Facebook "about" page, and leave you vulnerable.
Just be smart. Don't expect someone to protect you. Protect YOURSELF.
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