Today, Google’s servers manage over 3.5 billion searches every day – a good chunk of them being user’s own names. The information just one of one name search can contain reveals as much to us as it does to others; and not everyone who may be Googling names has good intentions.
For many internet users, avoiding scams is second nature. Managing accounts with different and unique passwords, personalizing privacy settings, and being aware of just how much information is shared is par for the course. So when we Google ur own names, or someone else’s name, what pops up can be very telling of just how far the limits of our security goes. Criminals know to take advantage of ignorance of privacy standards, oversharing habits, and general lack of knowledge and use it to reach individuals on fraudulent terms. From catfishing to email scams, the more information we knowingly (or unknowingly) share puts us at risk.
On top of social media usage, two in three Americans use at least one online account for storing their private data from finances to utility to medical records. This infographic details what a simple Google search can reveal, how criminals are able to use that information, and what it takes to manage your data safely online.