Big Brother Could Be Sitting Next to You

Mar 06, 2012

by Judith Dinowitz, Editor-in-Chief

In his blog post, "Loose Ears End Careers", blogger Alistair makes a point many of us forget: Be careful what you say on cell phones in public places. You never know who's listening.

Alistair relates three separate instances where he overheard sensitive information from someone talking loudly on a mobile phone in a public place. The information imparted in these not-so-private phone calls, passed on to the wrong people, could have hurt the caller's company or cost him his job.

Alistair says he won't share the details of what he overheard, although he mentions tweets that he made about one of the calls. His point is that anyone overhearing these phone calls could have. It's not so hard to do. Even when you're on your cell phone, in a public place people are listening. Loose lips sink ships, and may lead to pink slips. So watch what you say!

I'll add only one thing to this very well-written article. Alistair focuses on cell phone conversations, but his warning applies equally to blog posts, website discussion groups, and Twitter and Facebook posts. Be careful what you say and do, in public or in private, because words and news travel fast and you never know who's listening or reading. Better to think a moment before you hit that send button on Twitter or Facebook or post that angry blog post. Make sure you know your facts, and be very sure of what you're saying. Double-checking something may take only a few minutes, but those minutes may save you hours of aggravation trying to explain a misguided tweet to a furious boss or colleague.

For more of Alistair's views, check out the original blog post, "Loose Ears Ends Careers".

Judith Dinowitz is the Master Editor-in-Chief of the House of Fusion magazines and journals, where she enjoys serving up ColdFusion and Flex goodness on a weekly and quarterly basis.

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