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Life Lessons of a Military Wife (overseas in Europe!): Email and Billboards

Life Lessons of a Military Wife (overseas in Europe!)

My goal here is to make your life easier, especially those who are in the unique situation of being a military spouse. Yes...I've been around...but in a good way...and hopefully can share those tips, tricks and shortcuts with you too. I've been on this military bus for over 40 years now. My goals in life are to have a well-run home, few money worries, well adjusted children, money socked away and whatever happiness I can scoop out of life.

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After life as an Army brat, being in the Army myself and marrying a soldier, I can honestly say I have a bucket full of life lessons I can share to help you make your everyday life easier and enlightening. Don't waste your time making unnecessary mistakes and benefit from others who have come before you on your journey through life.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Email and Billboards

I want to mention something that's been on my mind, because the issue was brought up at a recent spouses' meeting.  Apparently, this is not common knowledge.....here it is....

We were given a briefing by our local police department on security...not just home security but also other kinds of security and the conversation moved on to internet security.

Did you know that whatever you post in a regular un-encrypted email is like writing something on a billboard?  Did you know that any email that you send out can be easily intercepted and read?  You know how your mother always told you not to say anything bad about anyone to anyone unless you want to broadcast ito the world?

Well, apparently.....no.  If you post your husband's deployment date and any other OPSEC information in emails back to family and friends, it is now common knowledge, and you've got your own Wikileaks going on.  Remember when Hurricane Katrina was in its infancy and Homeland Security staffers were joking and making inappropriate comments in their emails?  The ones that were posted all over the internet?

Did you know that if you send your credit card number, expiration date and other identifying information in your email, it can also be easily intercepted?  The few times I had to send sensitive information, I would always put it in two or three emails, with the numbers and information split up.  I don't know if that's good enough, but I probably shouldn't even do that I think.

Bottom line....don't write anything in an email you wouldn't mind having someone else read.  Many of you already know about not posting sensitive information on Facebook and other networking sites but sometimes, email etiquette security gets lost in the shuffle.

If you have anything you want to add, please add it below.

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4 Comments:

Blogger Catherine said...

Regarding FB, even if your page is private, you still need to make all your photo albums Friends Only. There are many 'back door' entries into FB photo albums. For example, if person A has a private page but public albums, and friend B comments on that album, person C (not friends w/ person A), can see & click on that comment and gain access to the whole photo album. I hope that makes sense. Let me know if I need to clarify. :)

January 13, 2011 at 8:50 AM  
Blogger ****Veteran Military Wife at Life Lessons of a Military Wife**** said...

Thanks Catherine! What worries me too about FB is all the sensitive info that people (not even friends) post on their profile page. Your favorite pets, songs and other things like that, banks and financial institutions sometimes use that data. Just leave the stuff blank, and read my blogpost on internet birthdays. You should assign yourself an internet birthday and not your real one....the people who really need to know your birthday, already know it, right?

January 13, 2011 at 1:38 PM  
Blogger Tonya said...

Thanks for sharing. We could all use a reminder about OPSEC. Have you heard about geotagging? That is another thing we have to watch out for with our pictures.

January 14, 2011 at 8:08 AM  
Blogger ****Veteran Military Wife at Life Lessons of a Military Wife**** said...

Not til you mentioned it just now! So, to sum that up, pictures that you take may have the latitude/longitude (ie location) embedded somehow so someone can see EXACTLY where the photo was taken....I can see where someone can easily find out where you live, work and hang out.....great...

January 14, 2011 at 3:24 PM  

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