I received this from a member on another team and I want to share it with you.
The recently sent out Sparkmail about the new share bar on blogs – thankfully that has now been removed as the powers that be realised that members objected. However that does not mean you are secure on the site.
There has always been a share button at the bottom of the blogs that allows anyone to share your blog round the internet!!
Also there are things called crawlers that “trawl” the internet for images – and other things and any image you put on your page or blog can be picked up and appear anywhere else on the web!
You can help prevent this by changing your page to “private”
Open your Sparkpage
Click on “Edit my Sparkpage”
Up the top Click the box – make my Sparkpage private.
Click on “save Changes”
One request please – Please will you make one of your team leaders a friend so that they can contact you and keep you up to date with team happenings, thank you.
However there are 2 important things to realize on the internet
1) Nothing is totally private, everything stays on the web – it never is totally deleted.
2) If a site is secure – the address starts with http/ this means that the site is encrypted – you will notice that Sparkpeople isn’t!!
ONLINE KEEP YOURSELF SAFE:...
The first is by maintaining a high level of privacy in our online activities. Do NOT post your personal details online, whether it‘s on Spark or another site. This does not just mean your password information, but also your full name, where you live, the names of your family, friends, pets etc.
Certainly do not post your home town or your address - especially if you do not live in a big city.
These rules should be followed wherever your information can be viewed by the general public. This means on your Spark Page, on the message or team boards, on Facebook, Twitter...wherever!
Do not make the mistake of thinking that it‘s okay to post your name on one site, your address on another, the fact that you‘ll be on holiday for 3 weeks from X on another. If you use the same, or similar user names, on multiple sites then it is very easy for someone to collate this information about you.
This does not mean that someone will do this. The majority of us will never be the victim of online crime be-cause there is simply no profit in it, whether monetary, political or other, for the criminals.
Enjoy yourself online, do not be afraid to join new sites or make new friends, but please remember to keep your personal information private.
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