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Internet 101: Protecting Yourself Online #251128
08/08/12 07:02 PM
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Protecting yourself online is primarily your responsibility. Software and site policies can help you, but at the end of the day no one can protect you if you give away your information.

I'm starting this thread to help our members - including new members - protect themselves online.

I hope that everyone finds it beneficial.


Critical Thinking: The Other National Deficit

"That which can be asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence." - Christopher Hitchens
Re: Internet 101: Protecting Yourself Online [Re: AntigoneRisen] #251129
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Show Care When Sharing Personal Information

This includes your email address, especially if you use it regularly on the internet to participate in forums, blogs, news sites, etc. If you have some concern about to what your email will link you, Google it. Hopefully, you will have zero results...but don't count on it.

This includes your IP address, which is shared by most email programs in the header information. The recipient can access this information. I strongly advise you to limit email communications to those who have earned your trust over a significant period of time.

When joining off-site groups for discussion, do not use an account that is personally identifiable in any way. I cannot over-emphasize this. Do NOT use your real Facebook, Google, etc account.

Do: Perform a security audit of your Facebook account (if you have one) right now or as soon as possible. Logout and see what strangers can find out about you. Search for members using your email address. Does your name come up? FIX IT NOW. Check the security settings on the different groups you have and your overall account (such as whether or not it is searchable by email address). You can change these settings. I do not consider the default settings secure. I find them inadequate.

Do: Be careful about referencing local business establishments, geographic locales (including local lakes, rivers, etc) and your location name.

DO NOT use any location services associated with Facebook and other social networking sites. Seriously: GOOD GOD do NOT do this! You are constantly sharing your geographic location and information about your movements and habits - and allowing a site to keep a database of that information. Seriously, everyone, those "location" services are NOT that cool.


Critical Thinking: The Other National Deficit

"That which can be asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence." - Christopher Hitchens
Re: Internet 101: Protecting Yourself Online [Re: AntigoneRisen] #251130
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Use Your Critical Thinking When Presented With Allegations and Off-site Invitations

I want to be very clear here on using your critical thinking when you receive an off-site invitation, even to "only" email. The #1 question - and I would argue the only relevant question - is: how will this serve to help me more effectively?

Yes, I'm flat-out telling you that I believe your decision should be motivated solely by self-interest. (For those of you with low self-esteem, I assure you that this is quite permissible. smile )

This has some sub-questions:

1.) Why can't this help be rendered to me on the public boards?
2.) Why can't this help be rendered to me on PM - preferably with others as witnesses to the exchange?
3.) Is this person up-front with me about the risks of going off-board and with information that will make sure my privacy is secured when doing so?
4.) Is this person telling me to ignore other advice instead of encouraging me to find out about all points of view and make my own decision based upon my own judgement?

For example:

Let's say the person tells you that PMs aren't secure here. Let's say that the person even truly believes that. What do they intend on telling you that is so super-secretive?

Trust is earned. Yours is valuable. Please don't give it away to all and sundry.


Critical Thinking: The Other National Deficit

"That which can be asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence." - Christopher Hitchens
Re: Internet 101: Protecting Yourself Online [Re: AntigoneRisen] #251249
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Really wise advice!


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Re: Internet 101: Protecting Yourself Online [Re: Mary Emma] #270900
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Re: Internet 101: Protecting Yourself Online [Re: Lil] #273000
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Basic Password Safety

Perhaps this should have been the first post. I'd make it a pre-requisite for any actual 101 "class". smile

Issues abound with passwords, and most people use such simple passwords that they can be quickly guessed or are in the top few tested by cracking software.

Don't...just don't.

1.) Do not use a short password. I recommend a minimum of 7 characters.
2.) Do not use any password found on the most commonly used passwords list. If you do, you are begging to be hacked.
3.) Do not use common sequences, like "abcdef" or "lmnop" or "4567".
4.) Ditto with common dates (07041976), including your birth date/year, age, anniversary date, or birth dates of your children.
5.) Do not use words that appear in the dictionary - for any language. Especially do not use them in all lower case and appearing exactly (spelling, etc) as they do in the dictionary.
6.) Do not use the same password for all your accounts. Do NOT do it. One successful crack of your password on one account will give the person access to all your accounts.

A more exhaustive list of do's and don'ts is a worthwhile read.

Regards,
AR


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"That which can be asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence." - Christopher Hitchens
Re: Internet 101: Protecting Yourself Online [Re: AntigoneRisen] #366629
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Thanks, AR.

Re: Internet 101: Protecting Yourself Online [Re: right here waiting] #423328
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Thank you! I will be checking my settings as I am pretty computer illiterate. Intelligent on some things just not learned about computers and internet issues. Big thanks and hugs!

Re: Internet 101: Protecting Yourself Online [Re: right here waiting] #423329
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Read through your recommendations. Thank you! I didn't realize that there were so many issues..Hugs!

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