Dangers Online

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A. Fatal attraction is a real danger online… Yes, the stalking and erotimania behaviors seen in the classic movie, Fatal Attraction, or the new version, Obsessed, are real and on the increase. Cyber-stalking makes it easier to harass from a distance or to get information on where stalkers can locate victims at almost any hour of the day. For college students, stalkers get a bonus; just keep up with information on Twitter, MySpace or Facebook. Social networking sites offer privacy options that few users seem to engage. What is it about the social networking generation that is unaware of the harmful potential of giving too much detailed life information?

Basically, what you post online can be seen by anyone. I think everyone should be educated on internet risks and dangers of internet predators. When creating a social media account, information that is input is viewed by the public unless privacy settings are adjusted. Some information like your phone number, marital status, or birthday doesn’t show if adjusted. There are also computer hackers out there in cyberspace. Spyware may be installed on some public computers.

According to the United States Department of Justice: US Attorney’s Office, one of the biggest risk online is sharing information with people that you don’t personally know. You should avoid sharing information like your address, phone number, family members names, school names, drivers license number, insurance policy, credit/debit card numbers and bank accounts. Beware of posting photos from smart phones. Photo’s taken with these phones embed the GPS Coordinates in the photo, which allow users to get your location. Beware of opening emails from unknown people or sources. Clicking on these links or downloading attachments can infect your computer with a virus or subject you to fraud, malware, or a scam. Beware of meeting people in person that you have met on the internet. Some people are not honest about who they are, their age, or gender....
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