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"CYBERSTALKING" -Tips to protect you and your family!

What are you telling the World about your life?

"The City Vibe" by Lee Goade, area Real Estate expert/Blog

   "CYBER-STALKING" -Beware!

March 4th, 2011 7:38 AM

 

We all love our laptops, smart phones, iPads, and all the other little electronic gadgets that make our lives so much easier. But are they safe? Are WE Safe? 

  What are you telling the world about your life?

Stalking. We all know what it is and why it happens. But, how it happens is changing. In the past someone would be stalked through phone calls and physically being followed. But in today's cyber world there is a new kind of stalking emerging, cyber stalking. Today you can be stalked through social media, text messages and emails along with the traditional methods. And as we become more open with social media, the easier it is for stalkers to find their victims. Going Wireless and Wifi opens a whole other can of worms... Did you know that Criminals can Access your Homes address if you post pictures to the Web from your Smart Ph.??? -That's scary!

So how do you protect yourself?

Here are some tips to follow.

  • Do you know all your "friends" on Facebook, My Space and other social media? Do you know all your followers on Twitter? Be selective with whom you accept onto your social media pages.    
  • When posting on social media, do not post where you are and where you are going.
  • Do not use social media that requires you to "check in" at locations.
  • On your camera or ph., disable location devices or GPS that tags your photos with a location.
  • NEVER post on social media when you are going out of town for business or vacation.
  • Keep personal information to a minimum on social media. Do not post your home address, telephone numbers or email address.
  • Be very careful where you wifi and/or what you do while using wifi.     Crime happens, there are no guarantees. But you can decrease your chances of becoming a victim by guarding what information you share or make "available" to others.

[Author: Andrew Wooten, a popular speaker on safety issues]
 


What are your Thoughts?


Comments

By Allan Erps,  Fri Mar 4 2011, 14:14
The world keeps shrinking and the "lowlifes" can get information very easily, scary place to be!
By Ruth & Perry Mistry,  Fri Mar 4 2011, 14:58
Right, GPS can be a problem.
Have a good weekend.

Perry
By Lee Goade,  Tue Mar 8 2011, 13:56
Good thing we can kind of band together to help protect each other!

Thanx for commenting!
By Phyllis Mcarthur,  Tue Mar 8 2011, 14:19
An agent in my office was stalked by a low life, he eventually sent her a text message with a "picture" of part of his anatomy. What an idiot, she went to the police dept and they contacted him (really? he had his phone number?) there are obcenity charges and stalking against him.
When using Social Media for business generation it would be very difficult to follow those tips.
By Lee Goade,  Tue Mar 15 2011, 09:10
Wow Phyllis,

Amazing the lengths that people will go to show their stupidity!
By Lee Goade,  Tue Mar 15 2011, 09:11
Catherine,

Seriously? How many of them would be that difficult? and Why?
Hi Lee,
How is everything?

As an example the following tip: "•Do you know all your "friends" on Facebook, My Space and other social media? Do you know all your followers on Twitter? Be selective with whom you accept onto your social media pages. ".

When using Social media to generate business/leads it becomes to some extent a number's game and being "selective with whom we accept onto our social..." would defaet the purpose of many social media strategies.
By Lee Goade,  Wed Mar 16 2011, 05:53
Hey Catherine!

O.k. now I hear what your saying. Yes, I agree there is certainly a gray area of action involved. But, I think many of the other tips are very practical for safeguarding our personal lives, our Homes and our family and Children.

The Geo-tagging feature on our camera ph's and camera's can lead a criminal straight to our front door with uploaded family pic's, etc... (especially the way kids upload pic's these days!)

Keeping it as short on personal info. and leaving out things such as locations, vacations and personal venues is a must...

Not paying bills or doing any personal info related bus. on WiFi...

Here's another blog of tips: http://www.trulia.com/blog/leegoade/2011/03/protecting_your_privacy_on_social_media_networks_fyi_from_norton

Thx. for your cmments!

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