FIVE RULES FOR LIVING WITH THE INTERNET

On Tuesday hackers made good on a threat, publishing the data belonging to over 30 million accounts from adultery dating website Ashley Madison. While the implications of a data breach like this have been analyzed in the past, the lessons have been largely ignored.
  1. 1.
    Assume everything you do and say will be made public.
  2. 2.
    Do not be seduced by privacy settings and passwords, which are temporary illusions that distract from the reality of the previous point.
  3. 3.
    Understand that context and data are often one and the same. When you enter information on the internet, assume that you include the who (you), the what (the data), the when (the time of data input), the where (the site on which the data is being placed), the how (the device on which you input the data), and the why (the purpose of the site).
  4. 4.
    Believe that all of your credit card transactions are being kept in a colossal, searchable ledger that one day will be made available for all to study.
  5. 5.
    Believe that data does not disappear when you delete it.