- Internet & the Web
Simple Ways To Protect Yourself On Line
Keeping it Simple
The tips are common sense, and easy. They merely require a little thought, a little creativity, and an awareness that people may not be who and what they seem.
Forget those photos, forget those stories, unless you know how to check an I.P. and be sure that's where the other person is coming from, you can't know who you are communicating with.
Further, with use of the Dark Web, I can make it seem I'm posting from Germany.
So have a little doubt in your mind at all times.
Yes, you want to have a site where your family and friends can contact you. You want a business email where you can send and receive business information. Maybe the two can be the same, but it is wiser to keep them separate.
However, when you join any site, you use a fictional name and email address. This is because many sites that ask for your name and email sell it. And what is done with it can be everything from spam to scam, to malware deposits, to anything a mind can imagine.
When you get an email in your personal account from someone you don't know, you should not open it. The same, of course, in business. Don't open it.
If it is real, you'll get a follow up; a phone call or some explanation. If it is a scam, you've protected yourself.
As you use a fictional name in your busy online account, the amount of spam it will collect will make you aware of how much evil is out there.
Suppose you used a name like Day Light. When you start getting all those viagra offers, all those 'You Won!' all those; "Blessing to you, I am from the Nigeria treasury", they might as well be tied with a bow, because you KNOW these are scams and spam and rip off.
So every site you join, whether publishing, whether message board, whether social network, use your false name. In this way, I may know Day Light personally, as I have coffee with her at Aladin, but you don't know if Day Light is a man, woman, white, black, in China or Curacao.
No scammer, spammer, or malware can successfully target Day Light, because nothing in that email account that isn't a notification from a writing site, message board, social network will be opened.
Walking Naked Down Mainstreet
Facebook has become the pond in which scammers fish. They stroll about, looking for that fool who posts photos, uses her real name, shows you her lovely car and its sparkling licence plate, that nice new home she bought, and oh! Her kids.
Now how easy is it for one to break into that home, steal that car, and grab those kids?
I have very few friends on Facebook. That does not mean they are the only people who will meet me. I respond to Airdog's post, so does nine other people I don't know. They respond to my post. The next thing they can see my page, and everything on it.
I don't want to go into details, but considering my image is not me, and I keep all personal stuff off the front page, especially photographs, it is not likely anyone who I don't have coffee with at Aladin knows who I am.
If you deal with everything with that blob of doubt, if you police your social network, if you delete emails unopened from people you don't know, you are giving yourself a chance.
You are not likely to fall for scams sent to your false name, because that person doesn't exist. You are not likely to be targeted on Facebook, because who knows who you are, where you are?
Although these tips seem common sense....they are uncommon.