It is already known that the Internet is part of our daily lives, whether we prefer to socialize with friends, whether we do our homework for school, or at home, other times we listen to music or even watch our favorite vlogger. Despite these issues, it is very important to be responsible and cautious when it comes to surfing the Internet. What we publish online, or what others publish on the Internet about us, also contributes to our reputation for the rest of our lives. Certainly, we all try our best to build a positive image.
Before choosing to post on the Internet, always ask yourself the following things
- Can what I post your opportunities influence in the future?
- Can this post hurt anyone?
- Can I share this news with my parents or friends?
Nothing we publish online will be permanently deleted. Each comment and photo can be saved by other people on their computers or their phones, then the content you posted can also be distributed on other social networks, or web pages, without you being able to control this action. This means that any of the selfies you choose to post could appear in the Internet search list when a person wants to know more details about you.
As relationships can be complicated in real life, they can be just as confusing online. It is true that in social networks you can create good relationships with certain people, you can also talk to people who have the same interests as you, but it does not happen that every time you meet people with good intentions. Many people have suffered because they have met inappropriate people on the Internet, so I created this article to show you how to manage your relationships online.
- Always be polite to people, even when other people are mean to you. Remember that aggression only generates aggression
- You can always refuse to communicate with certain people and you can also report the person who offends or threatens you
- When you meet a new person, both in real life and online, you must always keep in mind the safety rules. Never say your full name, you should not give details about where you live, where you study, or where you are at a particular time. It is also recommended that you always talk to someone you trust about the person you just met.
- When you feel threatened on the Internet, do not hesitate to ask for the help of an adult you trust
Let’s do an imagination exercise now
Suppose you received a gift from a person close to you and now you can take as many photos as you want. You will be tempted to post photos with your driver’s license or a photo with your first bank card. Remember that in reality, these gestures could have serious consequences, which you do not even suspect. You must always pay attention to all the information you want to share online, whether through photos, videos, or status updates on social networks. It is very easy to keep your data both on social networks and on the other pages you access on the internet. Before you post anything, always ask yourself if you want to share that information with a stranger. This important rule will help you to filter your details.
This way, you will also understand that you do not have to publish your last name, contact information, school, or college, or the service you run. Check each photo very carefully and pay attention each time to the details that appear in the background. Some sites require you to complete a detailed profile, and this may seem harmless, but all personal data may appear in the wrong hands, or may even be sold. Be careful every time you want to access certain sites, or applications that ask you to mention your full name, date of birth, address, phone number, or other personal information. Before filling in with these details, think about whether you want someone to know this information and always be interested in what this data will be used for.
If you have any doubts before posting something on the Internet, or a social network, always ask yourself if you could post that information on a public forum
Any audience can be picked up and posted on any other social network, or other online pages. The internet is a public platform and some information about you that you publish on the internet may never be able to delete. In general, young people are more likely to become victims of identity theft, and this is because most of the time these people choose not to fully protect their data.
The cases in which many people can pretend to be a legitimate company to obtain secret information have become very popular. These people can send emails asking for your username and password, or direct you to a website to verify your password. All these steps are part of the strategy to take control of your financial identity, or personal data.
Here are some tips to avoid falling prey to fake people
- Serious companies, including banks, online stores, and lending companies, will not request such details via email. Therefore, it does not respond, even if the images and text of the email appear to be official or contain warning messages, such as Your account will be deactivated!
- Some sites do not use data encryption programs, which makes them vulnerable to hackers. Fraudsters can create web pages that look identical to a bank’s website, online store, or social network, so you’ll enter your login details.
- Once the criminals know your username – which is usually easy to find out – they will try to hack your account by trying the most commonly used passwords. Create strong passwords – with at least eight characters, numbers, and symbols – that do not contain personal information. The name, date of birth, address, or simple sequence of numbers, for example, “12345”, are typical passwords used and will be the first that malicious people try to enter. Change your passwords regularly and make sure they are different for each account, so you don’t risk compromising all your accounts.