The truth about Internet is that often you can’t be sure who people really are or who is actually running the site you’re on.
“Not everyone you meet online is a friend, not everyone is who they say they are online”.
It is important to know that online information is searchable and often permanent. Unlike data stored on paper that can be broken, however, powerful Internet search engines and data aggregation tools can make it easy to pull data together to build a full profile .
Your Web activities and the personal information may be viewed by strangers, regardless of the account’s security settings, but also by businesses, governments and other organizations gather data when you set up an online account, register for a contest, take part in a survey, in a forum, download free software and normally surf the web .
People even more don’t think about the consequences of their actions, especially when they post personal data or worst, other people data online and make them free to be viewed in a network so big and so reachable as Internet.
Personal details about you may be also online because you may have added your own information in resumes, chats, forums, pages on social sites like Facebook, or comments in discussion groups or on Twitter. Others may have published information about you., and you are not informed about that.
Friends may write about you or post photos of you and your family. Records of government agencies are searchable—for example, photos of your house and its value, your birth certificate, and copies of your signature. Church groups, clubs, and professional associations may reveal your full name, workplace, and donation history.
The worst comes when victims are kids and underage children, not worry about the risks, because of their lack of experience and also because of ignorance due to their tender age.
Internet has in fact replaced traditional print media as the first place where children are exposed to images that are sexual in nature. Exposing children to these types of images is sometimes used as a grooming technique to desensitize him and break down his resistance. With the term of grooming it wants to say that children are prepared for sexual abuse, and one of the first attack used by the offender is that of gain the trust of the child and those also around him/her who act as inhibitors or possible protector for the “quarry”. Several surveys also revealed that 86% of children aged 10-17 years old had a Facebook account and 5 out of 10 added strangers as online friends.
I’m of the idea that children must be educated at school, since not all parents know everything about internet and privacy security defenses due to a new concept of information happened later in their lives , and they have to study how to prevent attacks and abuse from strangers or people who mask themselves behind an online new friend. Internet has become part of our days , with both work and enjoyment , and we are unaware of its potentiality, especially the negative one.
– Read the terms of service and privacy policies of any social networking sites you join. This allows you to stay informed of the sites responsibilities to protect your privacy and procedures for handling abuse.
– Limit your profile to people you know. By setting your account to private, you’re only interacting with individuals you already know in the real world.
– Monitor what you say and do. Social networking sites are not as anonymous as the Internet may lull you into believing. Keep personal information such as your real name, age, work and school private to minimize abuse.
– Educate yourself on how hackers and cyber-criminals use social networking sites to trick you into revealing personal information and visiting fraudulent websites.
– Report abuse using links offered on the site. Most sites allow you to click on a individuals profile or contact site administration to report abuse, spam and inappropriate behaviors.