Going online is now a daily routine for most of us, and we always feel free and relax when we are online because we can do anything and search for anything we want. Although there are many positive sides going online or using the social media, but are you safe online? We always know that online issues like cyber bullying, online scam, identity theft and even hackers does exist, but have you ever wonder that this will happen to you one day?
I was honored to be invited to join a forum that was organized by Norton to talk about some online safety tips and also how technology has changed parenting in the digital age. Although I am still not a parent, (OBVIOUSLY) Hahahhaa... but it was a great opportunity for me to share some of my personal experience to the parenting media and also some parenting bloggers. I know many of you may also have experience some same issues as I do online, but what can we do?
The forum was conducted by (L-R):
Nigel Tan, Director of Systems Engineering, Symantec Malaysia
Jason Mok, Consumer Sales Manager, Symantec Malaysia
Josephine Hoh, Country Director, Symantec Malaysia
Yu Wui Wui, Corporate Communications Senior Manager, Symantec Malaysia
The two online issues that I am facing is actually identity theft and also cyber bullying. I actually did shared during the forum that identity theft could be very dangerous because anyone could be you, and the person that you are talking to online could be anyone. Just to make it clear, identity theft means someone that uses your pictures or personal information to create a fake account to be you. This is something that I hate a lot, because I know that there are many "fakers" out there that is using my pictures to create account on FB/ WeChat. I do not know what is their objective of doing this, but I really hope all of you won't fall this because there was once my follower told me that this "faker" at WeChat uses my pictures to chat with her, and also intended to ask her out. Seriously?? WTF??!! This is damn dangerous ok! She really did believe that the fake account is me, until she PM my Facebook page to verify, and I told her that it's a fake account! Luckily she asked me before she really went out with that "faker", if not really don't know what will happen. OMG! Below are my official social media platform, other than that IT'S ALL FAKERS!!
My official social media platform:
- Blog: www.mr-briansee.blogspot.com
- Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/mr.briansee
- Facebook Profile: https://www.facebook.com/brianssk
- Instagram: mrbriansee
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/mrbriansee
Another issue is cyber bullying, and maybe some of you thinks that it's not a serious issue but it does cause suicide and death in other country. Actually cyber bullying is an emotional and physiological attack towards someone online. It could be writing or commenting negative/harsh comments on someone, or even sharing content that harms and brings negative impact towards an individual. If you have read my post on haters, it's actually also a form of cyber bullying. At first, I will take it personally when people comment negative thing on my pictures, and start retaliate back. But after a while, I would think what's the point? Respond actually gives them the reaction they seek, so just KEEP CALM AND IGNORE! LOL... You don't know the real identity of that person, but they do know who you are. So why start a war? It's their freedom to comment, but it's also my right to BLOCK them and DELETE their comments! Hahhah.. This is why EQ is so important for us to stay calm. LOL...
Here are a few simple tips you can follow to protect yourself on social networks:
· Be Discrete: Be careful of what you post in your profile page, a forum, instant message, or any form of electronic communication to help thwart possible ID theft of other forms of malicious threats. Stuff like personal and business names, addresses, phone numbers, birth dates etc. are potentially dangerous to have fully exposed. Be more general in your posts/information making it harder for someone to potentially use the information against you.
· Skepticism is your friend: While social network sites have tons of useful and useless information, it is important that you keep a high level of skepticism. People often lie for their own gain, or just spout rubbish out of ignorance.
· Think Before You Speak You Mind: Although the internet does provide a small level of anonymity things can sometimes come back and bite you in the rear. This includes anything from obscenity, insults, or wild statements. Be chill, be professional. Simply put, think before you type.
· Professionalism is your friend: Everything you put online including the photos, videos and status updates are there for the world to see. Only post information that you don’t mind people knowing. Besides cyber thieves, often university admissions teams and potentials employers will look at your social networking profile to find out more about you. So be sensible and professional.
· Be Vigilant: Well ever think if that person you’re talking to is who they say they are? People aren’t always who they say they are. And until you can somehow verify the information they give you, never reveal any personal, financial, or business information.
· Check Your Privacy Settings: Social networks have sometimes been notorious for allowing others to see your information, even if they are not your “friend”. However, they will also have available their privacy guidelines/rules. Review the privacy settings and restrict the access to your personal information.
· Beware of fake invitations: Beware of fake invitations on social media. Do not accept invitations to events with incentives such as free gifts on social networks. Joining usually requires personal and credit information, which could open you up to fraud or attacks.
It was also very generous of them to give me this Norton 360 Multi-Device that could protect up to 5 devices. Now all my mobile devices is fully protected from viruses, scam and other shits that happen online. Hahahaa...
For more details, check out Norton Malaysia website