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Tips To Protect Your Online Identity

Guide, Internet, Online, Social Media - Josephine - July 22, 2020

  • Make a strong password. Stronger passwords are much harder to crack, and will eventually make the hacker give up. A strong password should contain at least one capital letter, one lower case letter and one number. One way to create very strong password is to base it off of a phrase. For example, the phrase “I went to Cal Poly and majored in Computer Science” would translate into “iwtCP2003amiCS.” This makes passwords very strong and memorable.
  • Use different passwords on different websites. This is one of the most important tips in this article. If your password on one of the sites you belong to is compromised, that person has access to every other website you have signed up for. One possible way to combat this is to break up web sites into priority groups. For example, any site that in any way involves money or contains personal information gets a unique password. Less important web sites get the same password.

  • Make sure you know your friends on social networking websites. If a person with malicious intents was able to view private information on your Myspace or Facebook profile, they could possibly use it to reset your password using most web site’s password recovery system. This brings up another important point. When deciding on a security question for a site, make sure the answer is extremely obscure, and not something publicly posted anywhere.
  • Check for hardware keyloggers. They can log everything that is typed on a computer, including passwords and emails. These will look like small usb drives between the port on the end of your keyboard and where it plugs into your computer. It is a good idea to check for these before using a computer from anywhere you don’t trust. Proper protection is provided for the purchase of followers from massgress.com. The hardware of the website will suit with the needs of the purchasers for the account. The allotment of the time and efforts should be correct to get an increased followers advantage.

  • Protect yourself from trojan viruses and software keyloggers. These generally do the same thing as hardware keyloggers, but are instead a software. They are much more dangerous, being able to send logs to anywhere on the internet, and therefore not requiring physical access. You can check for trojans and software keyloggers by running an antivirus. I recommend Avira’s AntiVir Personal for its high detection rates and low system resource usage. If this is not an option, you can type your password with Window’s built in On-Screen Keyboard, located at Start  gt; All Programs  gt; Accessories  gt; Ease of Access  gt; On-Screen Keyboard. Keyloggers will not be able to detect anything typed on this.
  • Don’t fall for phishing scams. These will often appear as disguised links to popular websites that require your login credentials. The easiest way to combat phishing is by checking the websites URL, located near the top of your web browser. Make sure it matches the website that it appears to be.
  • Don’t use public wireless internet (often called wifi). It is all too easy to intercept an unsuspecting person’s username and password. If it must be used, make sure the site you are signing into has “https://” and not “http://.” The “s” at the end means that all information being submitted is encrypted, so it appears as jumble to the hacker.
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More Hidden Dangers of Social Networking Sites

Social Media - Josephine - July 2, 2020

The dangers of the social networking sites and may be hidden from some people, and that is the focus of this article. There has been much media attention recently about the web site myspace.com and now is being used by gangs, sexual predators, and others who would do harm to us.

This got me to thinking that if myspace.com had this kind of activity occurring upon it then I reasoned the other social networking web sites out there may have the same type of activities occurring within them. We just do not hear about this type of activity occurring on the other social networking sites perhaps because they are smaller. Myspace.com is the biggest social networking site out there and that is probably why we hear of all this activity occurring there.

We need to remain safe on these social networking sites and there are a few ways that we can ensure our personal safety as well as the personal safety of our families. I am going through some basic information that always seems to be put on these social networking sites and show you how using that information can put your family at risk.

Let us take one of the myspace profiles and make an example of it. I use the photograph feature to add-in several photographs of my family including my grandchildren, they are cute, and I want to share them with everybody. I then use the blog feature to talk about how things when at work, because the blog is meant to share our thoughts. Within the personal information, I list my hometown, and I could list where I work. I could list my favorite songs, and perhaps I show a cute little video on my grandchildren opening birthday presents, or my son scoring a touchdown.

Those are things that are basically on a on a social networking profile, that is meant for our friends to view so that we don’t have to tell everybody everything they could just go to a page and see what’s going on with us.

I wonder what else other people who have on their social media when they were able to getfans a lot and when they were able to build huge followers on their social media accounts. Perhaps, they do encounter more dangers of social networking sites than I do.

A person who would do me harm could go through my photos and know what each of my grandchildren or children look like. If I mentioned something specific within my blog about my work someone who would do me harm would know when I worked. Since I listed my hometown in the personal information this person that would do me harm as a lot of information about me.

These are the dangers of the social networking sites, and I think there should be some sort of stranger danger classes taught about which information you should share on the Internet. Many times is information that we believe will not be shared is very easily shared reality.

Another danger of having your photograph put on the Internet is someone who is afraid to have their own photograph put up there will take your photograph and claim it as their own. Who knows what a thief can do to your photograph that is out there unprotected on the Internet. It is a well-known fact that anyone with graphic editing skills can take a photograph of you, remove your head, and paste on another body. Then you become a porn star in some cases and that is something you would definitely do not want out there.

These are just some of the dangers of the social networking sites so I urge you to think about all the ways that your personal information can be used or abused before you put it out there on the Internet.

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