Recently, Myspace has been emailing previous users in an attempt to increase their logins. In the email, users are sent old photos from their Myspace with the caption, “The good, the rad, and the what were you thinking…” and a link to the Myspace profile where the photos originated. This is a concerted effort by Myspace to reengage past users.
Myspace is trying to increase visits to its site by reminding users of the amount of photos that it still has on its servers years or decades after the profiles were forgotten. This incident is a reminder of the permanency of information that is placed on the internet. Photographs that are long forgotten by the users of Myspace, Facebook, and other social media websites remain on the internet for anyone to see. Below is a check list of safety tips from our good friend, McGruff the Crime Dog® (National Crime Prevention Council) to help remind us of ways to keep our information and personal details safe on the Internet.
- Do not post private or sensitive information on social media sites.
- Photos or information about credit cards, bank statements, or other personal information can be used by criminals to charge your account.
- Do not put unnecessary private information on your social media site.
- Remember that any information you upload to the internet may be permanent.
- Be careful about responding to emails with photos you have uploaded, as anyone can obtain them.
Keep your private information private, and be safe!
Myspace story courtesy of Mashable http://mashable.com/2014/06/01/myspace-old-photos/