7 Things Every Woman Should Know About Online Privacy (And Tips To Protect Herself)
The era of computer technologies has given us a treasury gift of communicating without leaving our homes – it is as easy as a pie to meet someone online, to send him a text message, or even an audio/video one. However, any benefits of civilization have not only advantages but also outcomes.
In case of online dating and communication we talk about scammers fraud – some men look for women to steal their personal data in order to use it for cybercrimes, others are swindlers who are interested in the material goods of their potential ‘preys’ and the third category are sexsters or perverts who send obscene pictures, videos and look for one night, love. It is important to see clearly with whom you communicate. Experienced folders are hard to detect. However, they make mistakes and when you communicate attentively, you can uncover them easily.
Tips of Internet Security
Use these tips to feel secure on the Internet. They are not difficult to comply with, and they minimize the risks of suffering from any type of fraud. Be sure to share them with family and friends!
- Do not send confidential information (bank card number, PIN code, passport data) through social media messengers; It is better to delete letters with scanned documents immediately after sending or receiving them, you do not need to store them in the mail; If you enter the social network or mail from someone else’s computer, do not forget to log out; Avoid using unverified Wi-Fi connections like in restaurants, cinema, and other public places. The thing is that your smartphone becomes vulnerable to scammers’ and they can easily get access to your credit cards and personal information.
- When you need to check your balance, try not to do it when using open Wi-Fi, it is preferable to use mobile Internet.
- Clicking on links that came in messages from strangers is a sure way to fall for cyber fraudsters and infect your device with viruses. A dangerous link can also come from a hacked friend, so it’s better to clarify what he sent you and whether you need to open it.
- If you received a request in the messenger from a friend with a request to urgently send money, do not send anything! First, call him back and make sure that the account has not been hacked.
- When shopping online, remember that the price cannot be too low, especially if you expect to purchase original brand products. Get a separate (virtual) card for online payments.
- For some applications and services, a free trial period is provided (for example, 1 month), after which you must turn off the service yourself. If you do not do this, the subscription can be automatically renewed.
- Minimum personal information: do not share your home address on the network, do not write at what time you are not at home.
Online Dating: Pitfalls and Dangers
The ability to get any information without leaving home – now it’s not fiction, but reality. And it became possible thanks to the Internet. In addition to the fact that the Internet allows you to find the information you need, the network significantly expands the scope of your communication.
- Cybersecurity specialists highly recommend creating a new password for communicating online. It won’t take more than 1 minute and can even save your life if you have bad luck meeting someone suspicious. During the communication avoid sharing personal data like second name, place of work, date of birth, don’t attach too many photos to your profile. 1-2 will be enough.
- Never register on websites with bad or dubious reputations as it may turn out a disaster. There are lists of TOP trusted resources – surf them, read reviews, and feedback. Reliable sites always care for their users; personal data, never hand it to third parties, and ban users who break rules.
- Whatever you do online – buy goods, post photos on your social media, send or receive emails, try online dating, remember that you need a safe password everywhere. It is a bad habit to use the same password (especially a simple one like kate2020) for all purposes. If it is challenging for you to remember passwords, use apps like Keeper Unlimited, SafeInCloud, Bitwarden, iPassworder, and others. You can use a notebook to write down all the passwords you use. Another way to keep the passwords at hand is to save them in your Notes, Evernote, or other app.
- When you create a new password, remember that it is better not to use any personal information (name, surname, DOB, address) – use the name of your granny/first teacher/friend/cat or even the name of a movie star.
- The devil is in the details. There are a lot of scammers on dating sites, some men may lie about their life and you can find out his lie at the early stage of your relationships if you pay attention to the details in his messages.
A liar can blab out about his ex-wife, children, debits and credits, criminal past, addiction problems, and other nasty things that are commonly hidden at the first stage of relationships.
- If someone looks reliable and nice, you can try to meet him offline in a cafe or park. It should be a public place in any case. Meeting in your new acquaintance’s apartment is a dangerous idea. If a man insists on meeting in his flat or with his friends, and you see that he sounds stubborn, it is a bad signal – it is not safe to meet with this person.
- Any personal questions concerning your work, after-work activities as well as questions like “Why haven’t you answered for so long” or “Give me your address/phone number because I hate communication online” can become a signal of alarm. It should be said that sometimes people lack politeness and tactfulness and direct questions with direct requirements may seem weird and impolite.
Some people just behave this way and it is OK for them. If you feel uncomfortable, if the question sounds suspicious to you, you have the right to answer no or even block the man. It is up to you to choose the time and place for a real meeting and if you have niggling doubts, it is safer not to fasten up the events.
Jilian Woods, who is popular with her works at Grademiners recommends reading the book by Kevin Mitnick “The Art of Deception”. Mitnick is a cult figure in the information security environment, his book, like his life story, is both fascinating and instructive. You will learn how cybercriminals get into people’s trust by manipulating their feelings.