As I sat in a safety meeting this morning, the topic was about being safe online – how to protect yourself against identity theft, stolen bank and credit card accounts, etc.
IT showed this video: “Amazing mind reader reveals his ‘gift'”. This video reveals the magic behind the magic, making people aware of the fact that their entire life can be found online. And by doing so urging everybody to be vigilant.
They then went on to say don’t use your real name when blogging or commenting on posts. Doing so will result in your identity being stolen or people attacking you online (we call them trolls).
I’m not sure if I agree with them. Here’s why: We know that everything we put online is available to hackers and trolls. Privacy and anonymity ARE illusions, as Rob Biesenbach so eloquently shared on his blog today. (Go read it!)
Do you attempt to hide behind a handle or do you take responsibility for your comments, actions – yourself?
I was raised to do my best because at the end of the day it was my name on the project. There are mean and bad people out there. But I don’t think I should hide my light under a bushel. I am who I am.
What do you think? Should your “handle” be your name or a fake?