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Internet Safety

21
Apr

How to Protect Yourself from Facebook Scams

Before Twitter and Instagram, Facebook reigned supreme over the social media. Nearly everyone here in Singapore have their Facebook account. Even young Singaporeans have their own account in Facebook. Facebook is the means of people to show what they do and what they are. There are other groups who do not consider Facebook because it exposes you to security threats.

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If you do not prefer Facebook, that is okay but if you do not want to deprive yourself of the good things Facebook brings, you should consider Facebook. Although there are Facebook scams present, you can do something about it to protect yourself. You should know that everyone can be a victim of scam. That is the reality. In fact, thousands of people are victimized.

You have to be wary. Spotting a scammer is difficult especially if you cannot physically see them and talk to them face to face. However, do not lose hope because here are some easy tips that you can consider to avoid scammers:

Communication is ambiguous

You will know if it is a scam if the communication is ambiguous or unclear. You will notice that the messages are repeated. Sometimes the messages make no sense at all. There are times that the messages are hard to understand.

Some facts are missing

When you are telling the truth, everything should make sense and the facts should be there. Scammers often forget to give details why they need help. You have to look out for that. Details are important because it will shed light. If it is not provided, do not respond to that person.

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Different people using one profile

If you notice that there are different people using one profile, it should give you a warning. You will know that different people are using one profile if the tome, words and the grammar are changing throughout your conversation.

It is all about the money

When you talk to scammers, money is always the issue. They will be insistent that they need money and they need your help. They do not require many things but money. They will even make promises. There are scammers who will try to get your credit card number.

These are just simple red flags. There are more brilliant people who will try to conceal everything so you won’t suspect. Just remember this: if you do not know the person asking for money online, do not give money no matter the reason or the story.

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20
Mar

How to Avoid being a Victim of Cyberstalking

A thirty eight year old Singaporean man cyber stalked an American singer for more than six years. For the stalking itself, he faces thirty one counts of criminal terrorization. On top of that, he also faces eleven other offences like harassment, trespassing and stealing. The man admitted that he developed an obsession for the singer. He will face his sentence on December 13, 2013.

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Cyberstalking covers the following actions: sending of threats and sham accusations thru email or cell phone, creating fake website posts, stealing the identity of the person and more importantly watching the person’s computer and his/her internet use. Most of the stalking victims are women. If you do not want to be a victim, you should consider the following things:

1. Chose what you share. It is important that you are mindful of the things that you share. Remember that your stalkers can get an idea about you based on the things you share. If you post something, make sure that you do not give much information.

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2. Do not fill out all fields. If you decide to register, you should be careful of the information that you divulge. You do not need to fill out all the fields. Do not feel obligated. When you enter your name, make sure that you do not consider your real or full name.

3. Check the privacy policy/setting. You have to check the privacy policy of your ISP (Internet Service Provider), IM (Instant Messenger) and other services. If the privacy policy is acceptable, you do not need to worry about Cyberstalking. You also need to check the privacy setting of your social networking sites.

4. Reset all passwords. You should keep all your passwords to yourself but if you shared it with your past relationships or other people, it would help if you reset all your passwords right away. Resetting is important so they will not get information and updates from you.

It pays to be vigilant and patient. Do not let other people terrorize you. Good luck!

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