A lot of us with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome turn to the Internet for not just information, but for support and friendship. However, when you're discussing your health online, it pays to think about protecting your privacy.
The main thing to remember is this: EVERYTHING you say in public online forum, whether it's a blog comment or on a Facebook page, is indexed by search engines. That means when you (or anyone else) Googles your name, it'll all come up.
Over the past few years, I've gotten several requests to remove comments - usually by people who didn't realize that anyone at all could see them. That includes your soon-to-be-ex spouse, your boss or prospective employer, and anyone else who could have a reason to do a search for you. These days, you have to assume that people and companies will make those searches and use what you've said against you.
Here on this page, it's easy to get around that - just don't use your full name. A first name, initials, or an alias will keep your comments from being connected to you.
On a Facebook page, it's a little harder. Any comment you make there is automatically linked to your account and therefore your name. If you're concerned about privacy and still want to participate, you might want to consider creating a separate account for that under a different name. (This is only for pages that you officially "like" and comment on, not for personal accounts.)
Have you learned this lesson the hard way? What happened? How do you protect yourself now? Leave your (anonymous) comments below!
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