Whenever you post or share on the Internet -- whether that be on an obscure forum, Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter -- you are sharing information with a wide number of people. Be careful what you post. Future employers will likely look you up online, and if they notice some odd pictures or incendiary statements you made three years ago, that might affect whether they grant you an interview.
With so many new technologies emerging to change how we interact, privacy is often an afterthought. Internet browsers track the sites we visit and which links we click in order to streamline our online experience. Websites use our browsing history to tailor ads directly to us. And our personal information is stored online to make check-outs faster, log-ins easier, and interactions as painless as possible. It doesn't seem to matter that our personal information is monitored and stored as long as we gain something in the process. In short, it's easy to ignore our own right to privacy until it's gone.
Understanding how your privacy might be compromised online and the implications that might result from our personal information being shared is a crucial part of using the Internet.