Dangers of Giving TMI on the Internet
Dangers of Giving TMI (Too Much Information) on the Internet
The internet can be a fun time, but it can turn into a nightmare, if you mistakenly give out too much information. I myself am currently being stalked, in twitter, by a group of crazed Real Housewives fanatics. They are desperately trying to obtain my personal information. They obtained my address, but since I moved out of the city, they no longer have it. My stalkers will accuse me of doing the things they have done, but those that know me, know I am not that type of person. The point of this article is to educate others, so people know how to protect their privacy from internet predators and stalkers.
I am writing this article to share the mistakes, that my friends and myself have made, that has made us vulnerable to stalkers. My hopes are that people will read this and learn what not to do and keep your personal information private, because trust me, there are evil people in cyberspace who will go to any lengths to get it. They will google you, watch your blogs, steal your pictures from myspace and facebook, and go so far as buy your information. (Yes there are places that do sell that information to people willing to pay for it).
One of the Real Housewives fanatics does the research. She doesn't do it all herself though, She pays for what she can't find. After the information is obtained, she passes it along to her gang of haters who post it on blogs and share the links in Twitter, knowing Twitter will not do anything about it.
I know of instances where an unwanted call was made to a work place, threats made to release personal information they've uncovered, stalkers posted pictures of minor sons on several WordPress blogs and threats were made in Twitter to me (leaving out the time/day/place so police would not get involved).
I was driven to write this blog because of what these stalkers have done to my friends and myself. My goal is to make sure no more people are stalked and harassed as we were and still are, when they choose to make new accounts to harass. I've included links to some really helpful articles. Be sure to check them out. If you have any other suggestions, please share here so others can benefit from it. Feel free to ask questions. I will answer all questions asked of me.
Things Not To Do - To Protect Your Privacy
1) When you sign up for Social Networks like Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, etc., use your nickname and not your legal name. If you discuss your husband or wife, do as I do, and make up a name, or just say husband or wife. Don't even mention your children's names because they will stalk them too. Stalkers will google your name, your spouses name, even your children's names. If something comes up, they can buy the information they need to find you. Example: My friends husband was googled and his work address and phone showed up. Stalkers called him to say lies about my friend, as a means to harass her. Before her husband could call home to tell her, the stalker was already bragging about it in twitter.
2) If you use Facebook, MySpace or other Social Networks, only display personal pictures to family members or close friends (ones you've met face to face) Be aware that anytime you post pictures on Twitpic, Yfrog, Lockerz, and other picture posting sites, your pictures are available to everyone. There are stalkers that will copy your pictures to their computer. One day you could find your face on a cow's body, as they did to one of my friends. Even worse, you could find your children or grandchildren's pictures posted on a hate blog, which was created to tell lies about you - In hopes that your friends will read it, believe it and have nothing to do with you. (This has happened to two of my friends) They have tried to turn my friends against me with their lies, but my friends know what has been going on. Ones that don't know, will know now, after reading this article.
3) Be careful what you post to Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, etc. If you have an occasion where the fire department comes to your residence or neighborhood, do not post it on Twitter as it happens. I tweeted about how the fire department just arrived to rescue two tenants in an elevator. I didn't know that the fire department posts their emergency calls online where it lists block numbers and exact addresses. My stalkers knew this and that's how they got my home address. Their tweets disclosing my city name, ended up costing me $210 for examination after having chest pains over it. The only reason they didn't tweet my street address was that twitter would suspend them for that behavior. Thankfully our boss transferred us to another apartment building, where I no longer have to worry about uninvited guests or hate mail being sent to me. I was smart and didn't tweet when the moving truck came to move our things.
4) If you tweet on Twitter, remember anything you say is permanent record. Even if you delete it, it is still there. All someone has to do is go to http://www.topsy.com and they will see everything you say. The only way you can keep your timeline out of topsy is to lock your twitter page. Be careful what you tweet to strangers. You don't know who or what they really are.
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