As Britain’s World War II propaganda posters reveal, talking too much to the fairer sex — be it one’s mum, or a hot blonde resulted in the Blitz . Sixty some-odd years later, videos from British Ministry of Defence demonstrate how lady soldiers on leave overshare on Foursquare and end up disco dancing with a ski-masked terrorist wearing crossed ammo belts like a Civil War-era Mexican rebel and rocking pretty sweet moves with an AK-47.
That same terrorist (or maybe a different one, who can say? wearing’ a ski mask) shows up for tea with some soldier’s mom who just posted sonny boy’s10-20 — the (probably Top Secret!) military location which he sent her in a totally private email
While the introduction that accompanies the videos and Online Engagement Guidelines on the MOD website doesn’t specifically mention women as the main cause of leaked military secrets like the Careless Talk Costs Lives campaign of WW II, take it as British or no, we gals do love our gossip!
Remember that there may be those who are using such sites for unsavoury reasons. These range from criminals looking for ways to con you or steal your identity, to those who may wish us harm.
It’s not marketers or your own government’s spooks you have to look out for, either. A disco-dancing terrorist from central casting who enjoys tea could be checking out your Facebook photos right now.
And guess what? It can be simple to collate information from various sources in order to build up a picture of who a person is. Similarly it might only take one careless comment, or posting a picture without checking what’s in the background to put friends and colleagues at risk. These social media privacy tips — which you’ve heard a million times before —should be followed, even if you’re not a member of the British military or an MOD civilian.
Alongside being careful about the information you choose to share online, you should also look at the settings on every social networking site you use, and ensure that you’re happy with how your information is being used and shared. If there are sites that you no longer use, and have no intention of using again, it’s better for you to close your account rather than just ignore it.