Information flow: Ins and outs of Thing 4


Digital security is the topic of Thing 4 in the 23 Things course. Our activities included running through a scan of the permissions that the apps on our phones and/or devices use to see if any surprising info turned up. I went through a few of my phone’s apps and none of the settings stood out as unusual: I typically look at them prior to making the decision as to whether or not to use a particular service. Although it made me wonder what and why exactly each app needed access to particular components of the phone. I went through my Facebook settings and revoked privileges to a small handful of other platforms.

There was also a bonus activity that called for creating an about me page. Good timing as this is part of the digital presence revamp I’ve been meaning to get to for a while now. My own About page is very short, and doesn’t give much of a picture of what I do, etc. I bookmarked 99U’s post that discussed how to write an ‘About Me’ page. It has some exercises and examples for inspiration. Before I move on to the next Thing, I plan to update the page.

At first, I was a bit puzzled as to how the two activities linked together. It was not until I was ready to schedule this post and looked again at the fence image in the header that it started to sink in for me. Digital security and crafting the story about your online identity/es are about controlling access. Is it always appropriate to openly share all aspects of your life all the time? Probably not. Thinking back to the previous Thing, part of your digital footprint entails making intentional choices about how and why you are using particular services, including the types of information that you post.

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