Online security and safety from a doctor's perspective

From BMJ:

If you have a social network site profile, how accessible is that to the general internet community and how much personal information is on that, even to people that you give full permission to view? A simple Google search on your name or using something a little more specialised such as this can generate significant amounts of personal information and some of it you may not wish to broadcast. Or maybe you did not realise how easy it was to find this information on line. Dates of birth, mother’s maiden name and nicknames which could be passwords are relatively easy to glean without too much technical knowledge. Access to such information could unlock the key to your on line bank accounts for example.

How confident are you, that your online security is optimised? I am sure there is room for improvement for all of us. If you want some basic advice, this is a good place to start:

Harry Brown: Online security and safety. BMJ Blogs.
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