RI Networking Safety
Rhode Islanders are famous for their charm and hospitality, but at an internal and more local level they want to stay in touch, keep up wither each other and support their friends and neighbors. And Rhode Islanders simply adore the internet – not necessarily more or less than any other state per se, but Rhode Islanders are big fans of facebook. In 2011, 58.4% used facebook. With more than five hundred thousand users from Rhode Island on facebook on 31stMarch alone, it is safe to say that the people of Rhode Island are big on staying connected. With a population that stands now at around one million sixty-five thousand people, you’re looking at over half of the state’s population using social networking as a means to stay in touch.
Rhode Islanders are proud of where they come from and to be perfectly frank, it isn’t hard to see why. Rhode Island, the Ocean State, boasts spectacular shoreline and even more breathtaking landscape throughout – in an age so heavily permeated by technology it is hard to find an area that has not been overwrought by it. Somehow, Rhode Island has managed to be on top of modernism while still maintaining their beauteous terrain.
Even though we often perceive Rhode Island as one of the more mature states, they are not behind on the times at all. Many Rhode Islanders use online social networks stimulate the culture of their state. One of their most famous steps into the modern era was when they repealed a law that made it illegal to lie on online postings. While many celebrated the ability to be less than honest on the internet, others feel that the dissolution of the law has re-opened flood gates to a slew of cyber crimes which could be prevented.
The world of cyber infraction is not exclusive to Rhode Island by any means and it would seem that as many strides as we make in keeping the net safe, the online criminals and predators are a few steps ahead.
But there are several things we can do on a domestic front that will safeguard ourselves, our families and all our personal information from the schemes of online criminals. One good way to keep yourself safe is by managing your online spaces. Today most people have at least five spaces online where they contribute a mixture of personal and professional information. Some people, for ease, have them linked, while others try to keep them separate. With multiple accounts across mutiple networks like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Tumblr and LinkedIn, it is very important that you keep on top of them to make sure that they are not hacked or infiltrated. With just as little as your email address, someone can begin the process of stealing or falsifying your identity.
Be careful what you put online
We tend to imagine we are safe behind a computer screen and tell too much about ourselves. You’d never put a sign up in your front yard telling potential thieves what dates you’ll be gone on vacation and what neat expensive toys you’ve collected, but it’s amazing how many people announce just those things online.
People express opinions, make statements, and post pictures in their social networking that haunt them later in life, just like a highly visible tattoo. And like a permanent tattoo, the internet never forgets. Future employers, potential soulmates, and law enforcement personnel may be very unhappy with poorly considered posts, years after you shared them with the world.
Monitor your reputation
If constant vigilance and montioring of your online presence is you may look for assistance with web reputation protection services. Sites like Reputation.com monitor your web presence to see who has access to your stuff as well as where your stuff is being used or abused. Businesses use services like these to look for and address false and misleading postings about them.
With rivals, angry ex-employees, and reputation extortionists, it’s important for businesses to stay on top of these.
For a typical Rhode Islander, false and misleading information can affect employment and personal relationships, just as much as it can affect a business.
Summing it up
As much as we love social networking in Rhode Island, it’s important to handle it responsibily, avoid posting too much, and monitor what people are saying about you.