How to protect yourself during online communication

Try to count how many different ways, resources and applications you use to communicate every day. You may be surprised that there are more ways than you think.

The most commonplace is mobile phone phones. We must acknowledge that stationary telephones are now almost extinct, and is used very rarely.

The second method that is becoming outdated — SMS. With the spread of mobile internet, sending simple text messages has become just a way to track money in your bank account or talk about promotional offers in shops.

Now let’s move on to the most interesting part. Communication on the internet, which goes unnoticed by us, through a variety of different services:

- Messengers (which each smartphone users has at least 3–5);

- Social networks (and this is not only Facebook but also Instagram, YouTube, Tiktok, Twitter and dozens of more narrow-profile ones);

- Forums on a variety of topics from technology and repair to medicine and pets;

- Dating sites aimed directly at building relationships and finding a partner;

- Online video chats, not only standard ones like Skype or WhatsApp video but also a variety of chat roulettes where you can “live” chat with thousands of strangers around the world.

Often, an active user of a mobile phone communicates with his friends, family, colleagues through at least a few different instant messengers, a couple of social networks and is a visitor to at least one forum, though it may happen out of necessity. By the way, about forums: if you are now rolling your eyes at the suggestion that you are using them, think of the large-scale resources with terabytes of media content, thanks to which piracy has acquired a completely different meaning.

As a result, the issue of security with active online communication will someday confront everyone who wants to feel comfortable surfing the vast expanses of the internet. Let’s remember the 7 basic rules that should be followed during online communications.

1. Don’t hasten to talk about yourself

· Your potential standard of living, based on the city and area of residence;

· what day, at what times, and how long you are away from home;

· how much you approximately earn based on your particular job position.

Maintaining at least partial anonymity in the first stages of communication is a must-have for any sensible person.

2. Don’t brag about your purchases

3. Be careful with links

4. Keep bank card information confidential

The conclusion? Do not send your Bank card photo or even its number to anyone other than your closest friends. If you need to get a transfer from someone, you can use an electronic payment system and regularly withdraw money from the account so that there is no significant amount of money left.

5. Not all files are equally secure

6. Respect other people’s personal information

Believe me, at the very least, it will be extremely embarrassing for you when your colleague comes to work and instead of saying “good morning” will ask what other details of his or her life you managed to discuss with the whole internet.

7. Use proved and reliable services

We will try to help you with this matter and talk about services that are considered decent and trustworthy.

Dating sites

Video chats

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Originally published at Trending Us.



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