Online data sharing

05 December 2019

You might be sensible with what you share online, but do you know what your family and friends are sharing?

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Even regular sharing of daily activity, holiday pictures and hobbies can give too much information to the wrong people.

Online Data Sharing

Over-sharing online, through media and even government data sources like Company’s House, can mean you are giving away personal information to hackers. By gathering this information and building a profile on you and your family, hackers can make you a target.

Younger generations can be a big risk to families if they overshare on social media. Avoiding the sharing of documents, letters, licences and other sensitive information might seem obvious but even sharing daily activities, holiday pictures and hobbies can give too much information to the wrong people. 

How to manage the risk

  • Younger generations can be the biggest risk to a family’s online security, they often overshare information on social media.
  • Ensure that you and your family have the appropriate privacy settings enabled on your social media accounts.
  • Think twice about posts and photos you’re sharing. 
  • When you enter your details to a website or app, always check the terms and conditions.
  • Consider the amount of information you give Companies House, don’t use your personal address.
  • Turn off location services.
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