Imagine going through your Facebook feed and then suddenly seeing your photo and your name on the “People you may know” list. You know you don’t have another Facebook account and you click on your second profile.
You’re shocked by what you see. Photos from your original account are posted. Your friends are on the list and they’ve been commenting on the photos. And the person who’s impersonating you has been responding to the comments as though it was you!
Why would someone create a fake social media account?
Here are 5 tips to be safe while gaming online:
Tip #1 - Beware of cheat codes & programs
Yes, sometimes we have trouble getting to the next level as games are designed to be challenging. A ‘cheat’ code or program can help gamers to have shortcuts without spending so much time on the game. However, downloading the ‘cheat’ may contain viruses or spyware without you realizing it.
There will come a time when you feel that your computer is slowing down, becoming less efficient than it used to be, and what comes to mind is to either recycle or sell off the parts to get a brand-new computer. However, is it safe to do so?
Most people would think that formatting the hard disk would completely clear the disk, so it would be safe to sell it off as a second-hand item. Unfortunately, with no proper precautions, someone can easily recover and extract personal or corporate data that was previously stored in the disk.
Has it ever occurred to you that the things you throw in your bin might be valuable to someone else? Most people don’t think someone would dig through their trash for information, but Dumpster Diving is a technique which provides easy access to personal information from discarded documents such as receipts, bills, copies of passports and identity cards.
Who are dumpster divers?
It could be anyone, including someone within your workplace or an outsider who is spying on you, including friends or neighbours.
What is a digital footprint?
When we walk on sand, we leave a trail of footprints behind. Similarly, we leave footprints online; we leave records and traces behind as we use the Internet. Have you ever wondered what you may have left behind when you’re online? Should you care? The answer is yes!
Your digital footprint may contribute to your online reputation. It may benefit but also be a risk to you at the same time.
Your footprint may include information such as:
Most parents share photos of their children, especially their newborn, online. Some do it to simply share the growth of their children with relatives and friends who live far away.
The mistake parents fail to see is that they have created an online presence for their child without their consent. The photos may be cute now but in 10 years, what will your child think of the photo that you shared of them crying?
Think before you post