Online Safety Tips for Teens and Adults in TN
It goes without saying that any number of news stories today highlight the negative implications of someone who may not have known better with regard to internet safety. Unfortunately, in the digital age we live in, people are frequently uploading information about themselves on an hourly, if not daily, basis. Many times, this enables other individuals to tap into your private data or to learn more information about you than you might have realized. This can expose you to serious risks. Although teens and children are frequent targets for online safety campaigns, adults should also be mindful of what they post online. This is particularly true of any adults who are using online dating sites. Use the following tips to help protect you or your children.
Supervise all videos and photos posted online
The Halloween picture that you post about your children on the front porch might be cute, but if the address number of your home is located on it, a pedophile or other devious individual could use this information against you. Bear in mind what is in the background of your photos at all times as it could give away critical information about you such as your license plate number, the location of your home, or the gym that you frequent early in the morning or late at night. All of these can expose you to potential problems.
Discourage the use of video devices or webcams
Some people may already be familiar with the concept that hackers can turn on a webcam from another location. This is why it is always in your best interest to discourage use of videos and webcams where possible. If you or your children do intend to use them, make sure that they are turned off or covered with a post-it note when they are not being used. This is a great way to reinforce safety as well as privacy.
Always use privacy settings
According to research, nearly half of all teens with an internet profile have it set to be viewable by anyone. This is extremely dangerous. Adults should also consider the benefits of tightening up their security settings.
If you intend to meet someone online, do it publicly
If you are hoping to meet someone that you have been communicating with online, you should always do so in a public place. Also, you should notify other individuals in your life where you will be going and who you will be meeting with. Although online dating has led to many successful relationships and marriages, it can also be dangerous if you do not really know the person behind the dating profile. Make sure you use safety protocols on your online dating profile as well, such as excluding pictures that might reveal images with your children or other identifying data about you.
Using these internet safety tips can help protect you from an unfortunate incident. Being mindful of your privacy on the internet is critical today. Curious to learn more about online safety? Stay tuned to the blog at Kidwell, South, Beasley & Haley Attorneys at Law, or contact our Murfreesboro office at 615-893-1331, or online.