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How to Keep Safe When Online

UNDER CONSTRUCTION....

Knowledge for this article will be sought from the following: -

  • Own experience
  • Word of mouth
  • Sixteen years of being on the Internet
  • Friends with Internet knowledge
  • Google and various websites

    Please be patient we want to arm you with the best possible knowledge in order to help you protect yourself online.... In the meantime if you feel that there is any information that you may like to contribute please don't hesitate in contacting us like clicking the email gif link at the buttom of the page.

    When it comes to online safety I feel that I have made probably every mistake there is n so I am capable of using this to help others ensure that they do not make the mistakes that I have made.

    Basic

    Never give out personal info in public

    It is often tempting to give out contact details such as E-mail n mobile number with the hope of making new friends. This can be dangerous because most E-mail accounts, for some strange reason, do not seem to allow a person to block someone who is harassing them. Although you can filter their E-mail address to junk - it does not always work and is not the same as blocking. This may depend, however, on your E-mail account and what package you use to access your E-mails.

    Personal information can easily be used against you by someone you may have fallen out with or by malicious people known as trolls, who like finding people's vulnerabilities in order to hurt them. What is meant by Personal Information, in this case, is not merely contact details but also such as painful past experiences, past failings-out, victim mentality.

    If you have trust issues do not publicly say you have trust issues.
    If you suffer from paranoia n or anxiety do publicly admit to suffering from either or them.
    If you ever have the misfortune to be trolled online do not publicly speculate as to who is trolling you because it can help troll(s) further succeed in their mission of alienating you online. Think Troll aka Destruction. They are not only about destroying online communities which is bad in itself but will target innocent people, often vulnerable people, so forewarned is forearmed.

    Be extremely careful when putting pictures online with an aim not to put them on any public message boards unless you're ready to accept that picture will be online forever. So often people will put up a picture for a short period of time and then take it down, thinking that they are safe. Someone can download your pictures within seconds of you uploading it, by right mouse click on the picture and choosing "save picture as."

    Sending pictures - EXIF n Geotagging

    Another reason to be careful with sending photos, whether publicly or privately is because the receiver can find out your location by the EXIF file, or metadata, while you're completely oblivious to this. The EXIF file can hold data such as time and date picture was taken and the make of mobile phone or camera that was used to take the picture.

    Switch off locations on your phone and Google EXIF to work out how to remove this n disable geotagging. Check your privacy settings on social media such as Facebook, Linked=In and Twitter.

    Further reading EXIF n Geotagging

    Online Social-Interaction and Intoxication

    While this can seem exciting to have a drink or whatever online it is advisable to be careful as we can easily lose our inhibibions and give away too much personal details of ourselves without realising it. Remember that what we type on social media may not just be seen by "friends" but also passed, present and future colleagues, interviewers and the like. Unlike when we are at the pub our intoxicated actions can possibly be online for life, and you will not be able to do anything about it - I am speaking from experience with this advice.

    Social Interaction and Career / Employment

    It is advisable not to state or discuss your career or employment online as there are some malicious people out there who would love nothing better than to sabatage others. This has happened to friends of mine where logs of their online social interactions have been deliberately sent to their employers and they have lost their jobs over it. Treat your employment / career as you would your bank details, home address n / telephone number. You'd not want someone malicious getting hold of that information for obvious reasons. Safeguard your employment or career details in the same way.

    Keep real names private

    It is incredibly dangerous to give out your full name on the Internet. Please DO NOT do this. I am speaking from experience here. If you would like your online friends to contact you then change your name on your E-mail account to a name that is not your real name - if you are unsure of how to do this ask a friend to help you---or set up a different E-mail account for the use social media activities, than say one used for serious real-life stuff such as one used for online-banking. There are many web-based E-mail accounts online where you can be completely anonymous n thus a bit more safer. A well known one is Gmail. Giving out your ISP E-mail address to strangers online is not sensible because if trolls get hold of this they can cause you a lot of unnecessary disruption.

    You may wonder why it is advisable NOT to give out your full name online? Let me illustrate why. In the UK if you type your own name into Google or 192.com you'll notice that, it more than likely, comes up with your full home address, your home telephone number and they even offer a background report where people can see if you have had any bankruptcy issues, the last five addresses you have lived at and even shows a Google MAP of your current location. Yes that's right, a Google MAP of your actual property that you are currently residing in. Yes scary stuff... that's why we're here to advise to please be careful online when all of this can be avoided.

    Passwords

    Always try to make a password consisting of numbers and letters and not something that others can easily work out such as your date of birth or relative's name. It is advisable to use different passwords for various online activities. For example, if you were to, have your social media broken into, commonly termed as "hacking," then you are less likely to have the same happen to your bank account. it is not a guarantee is "hackers" can be extremely, however, it makes things more difficult for them. Just because a burgular may be extremely good at breaking into houses regardless of the residence locking their doors does not mean the residents should leave their door unlocked when not at home. Consider the Internet as you would your home and your passwords as your keys. You would not use your front door key for locking the shed - the Internet is same.

    Keeping Safe on Social Media

    Facebook

    Facebook, like any other form of social media can be a good way to keep in touch with family n friends as well as join groups of things you are interested in such as golfing or local crafts group. However, if you are one who enjoys socialing on other forms of social networking online which involoves you interacting with strangers then you really need to take care of your social media. As I have iterated above, is the same for Facebook n just because there are places specifically for inputting employment details does not mean it is a good idea to input them. When filling in these forms on social media a suggestion would be to think of the form as a stranger n ask yourself; would you tell this person where you worked, how long you have worked there for, where else you have worked, been to school, who your family members are n so forth. Remember you do not know this "stranger" from Adam, they could be anyone and armed with the necessary "powerful" information, they can do anything.

    All it takes is for you to go on another social-interaction site, annoy the wrong person who could access your Facebook and they can end up ruining your life, literally. Protect yourself. Ignorance may be bliss at times but knowledge is power and knowledge will be your saviour.

    To re-iterate

  • Don't put information that others could use against you.
  • Just because it asks you for it doesn't mean you should give it.

    coming soon will be some visual tutorials on how to keep safe on various social media outlets.

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