For this blog assignment, I have decided to respond to the article discovered by Nate called “The 5 biggest online privacy threats of 2013”. This article is based around protecting online users from privacy threats. Based off this reading, the number one way for college students to protect themselves is by limiting the amount of personal data they post on the Internet. Understanding this is vital to having a safe four years in college and for protecting their future. The article says “you love how easy it is to grab data from the cloud – and so do law enforcement agencies” (Riofrio, 2014). I find this especially interesting because of the recent iCloud hackings. Riofrio said to protect yourself from posting personal things into the cloud because there are definitely “privacy loopholes”. Jennifer Lawrence and multiple other celebrities should have heeded her warning. She also says that the increase in law-enforcement agencies’ requests of cloud-based data is increasing at an alarming rate. Although this article was written in 2013, I think it is a safe assumption to say the same is true this year.

Another risk that is common, and I would guess even more common in college students, is checking into locations on FB or dropping pins that are very trackable. Riofrio says that it is easy for the government to obtain location data and that the laws protecting mobile service users are “not horribly stringent”. Personally, I have location services turned off to avoid giving away location data and I refrain myself from checking into places on Facebook or other social medias. I suggest other students do the same. Riofrio discusses other alarming ideas in her article including tags on Facebook leading to tracking of people and the government misinterpreting security threats. Although there are many different strategies for online protection, in my opinion, the best one is just to be smart and limit the amount of personal data on the Internet.