Is this thing on?!
By now, perhaps you've seen the most popular grandparents on YouTube (above). They were trying to video-cam with a beloved granddaughter, but didn't realize they actually had turned on the camera. Beloved posted the resulting video on Youtube (isn't that precious), and as of the writing of this post, they have received over 6.5 million hits (with the help of the national news organizations).
Fortunately they didn't say or do anything on the video that was damaging (just very funny), but I have had friends who forgot their webcams were on, after they stopped using them, and some of the stories are a lot more embarrassing, or potentially humiliating. This happens to be one of my greatest fears, so I never kept a webcam connected when I had the option. Now that the video cameras are installed on most laptops, I keep a piece of electrical tape over the lens. This tape will not damage the lens, can be easily removed, and keeps anyone from at least getting video if I accidentally turn on the camera (They could still get audio, of course, but oh, well).
That photo wasn't for you!
It seems like once or twice a month we hear about some movie star or political personality whose private photos have been leaked to the public. In some of the case, of course, a skeptic might wonder if the photos were leaked intentionally to drum up publicity for a diminishing career,. For the rest of us, however, who really don't want the world to see our most embarrassing photos, the key is not to store those photos. Just don't. Photos are like secrets - they will always find a way to surface. Keep those memories in your heart, and get rid of the photos. That's my advice. For those who think this is bad advice, at least don't store the photos on your "smart" phone, or any other blue-tooth enabled device.
By now most of us are familiar with that sinking feeling you get just right after you write a cleverly sarcastic e-mail in response to a more serious e-mail - intending to only send it to your one friend on that e-mail list, but hitting the "reply all" button instead. Oh, you don't know that feeling? Well, it's a terrible feeling. It can be avoided by not using reply all. That probably sounds obvious, but what I mean is get in the habit of always hitting "reply," or "forward." Reply all usually ends up adding a bunch of people to your e-mail address book you didn't want on there anyway, so it's in your best interest to avoid using that feature whenever possible. Plus, not being in the habit of using the "reply all" button will reduce your chances of using it by mistake. You can also reduce the chances of the people you e-mail mis-using the reply-all button by sending your mass e-mails using the "blind carbon copy (BCC)" option. Even if your friend accidentally hits the "reply all" button, the e-mail will still only come back to you.