Privacy and social media - Margôt Tesch, Writer

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Four Events 2019
February, May, August, October

1:45 pm - Saturday Afternoon

Spring Creek Station
1407 Spring Creek Road
Cement Mills  QLD  4352

Come to talk or come simply to listen.

BYO drinks and plate to share

Directions to Spring Creek:

From Stanthorpe - head towards Texas. Detour to the right toward Inglewood. about 6ks along the road turn right into Inverary Road. You will come to the Spring Creek top grid in aboutd 7k. Cross the grid. The house is about 7ks along on the right.

From Warwick/Inglewood - Follow the Cunningham Highway until you get to the Gore Roadhouse. Turn into Cement Mills Road (opposite the Gore Store). Turn left into Spring Creek Road in about 14ks. Spring Creek Station is 14ks along on the left.

Spring Creek Station Held Saturday, 18th May, 2019

Ladies gathered at Spring Creek Station to tackle this massive topic. Our guest, Melanie Tesch drew us into the world of advertising on Facebook, how it works and just how and why those intrusive ads appear in our browsers so well-targeted. Ladies had pen and paper in hand and really appreciated receiving relevant, hot tips and practical advice.

Mel shared an eye-opening BBC video on the recent emergent understanding of how America’s presidential campaign was influenced by skillfully, frighteningly well-targeted messages. BBC news Article Check it out.

​Each lady had an opportunity to explore their fears, analyse the true risk and together agree on some appropriate strategies to mitigate those risks. Such fears identified were:

- Transacting on line and the fear of credit card fraud
- Having your identity stolen
- The future of artificial intelligence


Privacy and Social Media

Melanie Tesch

Mel gave us her five hot tips:

1. Use an ad blocker in your browser
2. Use incognito mode in your browser
3. Understand that you are providing data to these companies
4. Use apple maps rather than google maps. (Google retains the data of your trips and collates them with other data in your profile. Apple discards the details of your trip once completed.)
5. Ensure websites are secure (padlock, ssl, https://)

BONUS TIP: Limit and actively reduce your time on-line, get off social media and experience real moments with friends and family.


Over the course of the afternoon I identified the following practical advice that emerged in the discussion

- Check your sense of outrage. If you are feeling outraged about something you see, you are likely being manipulated. Tread cautiously.
- If it appears ‘too good to be true’, it probably is
- Revise privacy settings regularly – they are changing and refining them all the time
- Fear of missing out can be exploited – advertising uses scarcity as a key motivating tactic. Tread warily
- Try to minimise use of location services, e.g. when an application is in use
- Be open and prepared to continue learning – expect and embrace change
- Don’t be a afraid to try, you won’t break anything

Check out our other events here.