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AARP and Google have joined together to provide help, hints and tips for staying safer online. In this video, “Sharing Content Online Safely, AARP and Google expert Maile Ohye discusses the most important tool to keep you safe when sharing pictures, images, and videos online
With the end of the holidays it is quite fitting that we look at staying safe while sharing content online as many of use probably have many pictures, videos and messages to share with our friends and family, some of which celebrated with us and some which were unable too.
The internet offers in many cases a free, efficient way of sharing information with our friends and family, especially those far away, with the opportunities for free storage and immediate connections. As a result throughout the year and especially after major holidays, people have much to share. For example, I recently sent links of pictures to Grandma and Grandpa so that they could see their grandchildren opening their gifts and playing with them.
Many sharing service providers have offered settings and controls to protect you and your family. By understanding the settings and controls on the sites you may use, such as Facebook, MySpace, Shutterfly or Photobucket, you can keep your information safe.
The most important thing to remember when sharing information online is to set your controls each time. Indicate if you want pictures, photos, images or videos to be available to the public (anyone can view them); to friends (only those you indicate); or to be private (only you can view them). Forgetting to set these controls is like forgetting to lock the door when you leave the house.