Are You Safe?
On The Net
In this day and age, strangers can learn your deepest secrets and personal information without ever leaving the comfort of their homes. The advent of the Internet Age has provided society with many gifts, but several perils as well.
- Don't Go Alone to Meet Someone You Met on the Net. If you are going to meet someone in person that you met in a chat room, keep the rendezvous in a public place. Take someone with you and tell others where you are going.
- Protect Personal Information. As fun as chatting with people around the world may be, it is wise to guard your personal information carefully when doing so. Never give out personal information to anyone through a chat room, including your real name, address, phone number, or place of work or school. When you cannot see facial expressions, body language or voice intonation, it is nearly impossible to tell if the person you are speaking to is trustworthy. It is generally a good idea to read the privacy statement of any website that requires your personal information, especially since some sites sell your personal information to other organizations. You can read our privacy statment here.
- Ensure Confidentiality. Emails seem like a safer means of electronic communication but in many ways they are also risky. You can never tell if someone is looking at what you wrote by breaking into your address or looking over your shoulder.