Identity theft, children, the internet
Do you think about what you share online?
Yeah, yeah, you’re thinking, “Dude, I’ve heard this before…” Right?
Sure, but still. Maybe you have. But this is my “Online Safety” article from my experiences and whatnot, and I’m sharing them anyway. No one said you have to read it.
If you have children – or even with your friends, siblings, etc. – you shouldn’t share their full names online. According to this article, identity theft can happen to children now. I’m guessing that this is because all everyone/anyone needs is a name now, and with that they can pretty much find anything else: With a name, they can research for more information, yes? Or maybe they have connections1 with someone who can.
If you have a webcam that stays plugged up to your computer all of the time – or anytime, really – it can still be accessed, even if you are not using it. When you are NOT using your webcam, put the lens cap on it or unplug it!
I’d get into the dangers of online dating and whatnot, but I would rather keep what has happened with a few friends of mine a secret, private matter simply because I respect their privacy. ^^ Just … be careful, okay?
Another thing is that anyone can lie. You’re online. How old were you when you made your first MySpace account? What about Xanga? Like I said, anyone can lie. Anyone can carry something on and on if they want to. Or, someone you think is lying could also be telling the truth. You can’t know for sure – even if their “friend” knows them offline, too. I suppose a picture would be proof enough, or even a video, but then things get so complicated.
This was sort of a rant. I think. Mostly geared toward adolescents (or adoes, as I call them).
- Tiffany Monhollon
- They being identity thieves. ↩