I’m such a fan of RUOK? Day. Started in 2009, it’s an Australian non-profit suicide prevention that is all about having conversations with others to address social isolation and promote a sense of community. What I love the most, is that RUOK? Day has become quite an event on the Australian calendar. You’d be hard-pressed to find a workplace that doesn’t host a morning tea or a retailer that’s not selling a ribbon or badge in support of the day. In my opinion, it has given many of us the confidence to talk about mental health and that, my friends, is a very good thing!

When You’re Not Feeling OK

You wouldn’t be human if you hadn’t ever felt a little down or anxious. It’s the natural ebb and flow of daily life. However, if these symptoms are hanging around and are affecting your ability to ‘do’ life then, it’s time to take some action.

Remember, it is incredibly common for someone to experience a dip in their mental health. Recent research shows that over 2 in 5 Aussies aged 16 to 85 will experience a mental disorder at some time in their life, with 1 in 5, experiencing a mental disorder in the previous 12 months.

If you’re not feeling OK, the most important thing to remember is that you do not need to deal with this all by yourself. Sometimes when you’re feeling really low, the thought of leaving the house and facing the world can feel too much. I totally get it! And that’s where the online world can play a huge role. There is an abundance of resources available online for anyone who needs mental health support which makes it so much easier to get the help you need when facing the world just feel a bit much.

Where To Go Online When You’re Not Feeling OK

Here is a list of organisations that offer online mental health services here in Australia. This list is not exhaustive however these are the most commonly used, and hence best funded, support services. If you are based in the US, please find details at the end of the post for organisations that can provide mental health support.

When Things Are Pretty Dire

  • The Suicide Call-Back Service offers free professional 24/7 counselling support to Aussies at risk of suicide, concerned about someone at risk, affected by suicide as well as people experiencing emotional or mental health issues. There is an option for telephone support as well as online chat and video counselling also.
  • If you need to speak to someone ASAP then contact Lifeline. They offer a free 24/7 confidential one to one counselling service that can help you in a crisis. You can, of course, choose to speak to someone on the telephone (13 11 14) but you also have the option of either messaging or texting (0477 13 11 14) with a counsellor also.
  • Beyond Blue is another great Aussie mental health and wellbeing support service that can help in an emergency. Again, it offers 24/7 confidential counselling services for anyone who is struggling. Telephone counselling is an option here (1300 22 4636) but if you’d prefer, you can use their web chat option here.

Online Help Specifically For Young People

  • Kids Helpline is a dedicated 24/7 support service for young people aged 5 to 25 who want to chat for any reason. It’s free (even from a mobile phone) and there is a choice of telephone counselling or support via web chat or email. You can also access support if you are an adult supporting a young person. Since it was established in 1991, the service has supported over 8.5 million people. The service offers everything from life-saving crisis intervention through to emotional support when young people just need someone to listen.
  • Headspace is Australia’s Mental Health Young Foundation. It also provides free online and telephone support from 9am to 1am AEST, 7 days a week for young people (12-25) and their families. In addition to its crisis support services, it also offers regular counselling options through its network of 150 centres around Australia.

Other Services

  • The Butterfly Foundation’s National Helpline is a free confidential service that provides information, counselling, and treatment referral for people (and their families) with eating disorders and body image issues. It operates between 8am and midnight, 7 days a week and offers support via telephone (1800 33 4673), email and web chat. This is not a crisis service.
  • Friendline is a telephone and chat support service for anyone who’s feeling lonely, needs to reconnect or just wants a chat. You can call them 7 days a week on 1800 424 287, or chat online with one of their trained volunteers. All conversations with FriendLine are anonymous. This is not a crisis service.
  • MensLine Australia is a professional telephone and online counselling service offering support to Australian men 24 hours/7days a week. Whether it’s addiction issues, domestic violence, anxiety or depression, the service is able to offer support on 1300 78 99 or via online or video chat.
  • Open Arms – Veterans and Families Counselling provides 24/7 free and confidential telephone and webchat counselling to anyone who has served at least one day in the Australian Defence Force, their partner, and their families. It isn’t a crisis service, but it can offer ongoing mental health treatment and services.

So, if you are not just yourself at the moment and are feeling really low – or you know someone that is – please know that there is help available online 24/7. So, make yourself a cuppa and get started because you are not alone.

Alex xx

PS For my US friends:

The 988 Suicide & Crisis Helpline provides 24/7 free and confidential support and crisis resources for people in distress, and their families. Simply text or call 988 to access help.

The Crisis Text Line is a free and confidential 24/7 support service for anyone who resides in the US. Support can be accessed by text message (text HOME to 741-741) and online chat.

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We reported earlier this year, a fresh rash of online job scams continue to rope in plenty of victims. Now, those victims are taking to TikTok with a warning. 


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Take the story thenamesamber told on TikTok. It starts out like many. Amber wanted a job that allowed remote work, and luckily enough, a recruiter reached out to her through an online recruiting site with an opportunity. 

From there, the recruiter directed Amber to download a messaging app, which the company would use for the interview process. The interview went just fine, Amber got a job offer, and then the company asked Amber for a home address. 

Here’s where the catch comes in.  

Amber goes on to say that the company sent her a check by overnight mail, a check she should use to buy equipment. A check for nearly $5,000. For days, the check didn’t post. The company repeatedly asked for update. Had it posted yet? Had it posted yet?  

At this point, Amber said she got suspicious. She contacted her bank. The check had a hold placed on it, and according to Amber, she was charged a fee and her account frozen for days. In speaking with her bank, Amber was told that the check was bad and that she was the victim of a scam. The bank has seen a lot of it lately, said Amber. 

Yet based on what we’ve seen, Amber got lucky. 

What do online job scams look like? 

Victims and banks sometimes fail to spot the scam as it unfolds. In those cases, the check gets posted and the scammers tell the victim to forward the money to another person who’ll purchase equipment for them. Usually by way of an online payment app.  

Days later, the check bounces for insufficient funds. Meanwhile, victims get burdened with the fraud reporting process — with their bank and with the payment app they used. Depending on the means and terms of payment, some or all of that money might be gone for good. And as a result, the scammers get a few thousand dollars richer.   

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If you spend some time on social media, you’ll stumble across plenty of videos that tell this exact story in one form or another. And with each story, you’ll find dozens of people sharing that the same thing happened, or almost happened, to them. 

We’re glad people are taking to TikTok to share their stories, even as sharing those stories can get painful. You can avoid these scams. Part of it involves awareness. They’re still going strong. The next part counts on you and your sharp eye to spot sketchy behavior when you see it.  

We’ll show you how, and that begins with a look at where these scams take place. 

Online job scams — what’s going on out there? 

Employment figures continue to surge. It’s a hot job market out there, and when things get hot, you’ll find scammers looking to turn a buck. It’s much like tax season and gift-giving holidays. Scammers will take advantage of trends and seasonal events where people go online and there’s money involved. Job scams are no different. 

Where do these scams crop up? 

As we reported earlier this year and as TikTok videos have shared, many appear to originate from trusted online recruiting platforms like LinkedIn and Indeed. Scammers will either set up a bogus company or pose as a representative of a legitimate company. In other cases, job scams take root on social media. Here, scammers play the same game—set up a bogus company or impersonate a legitimate one. 

From there, stories like Amber’s unfold. 

Without question, recruiting and social media platforms know what’s going on and take steps to quash scam accounts. 

For example, LinkedIn’s latest community report cited the removal of more than 21 million fake accounts in the first half of 2022:  

  • Stopped at registration – 16.4 million accounts. 
  • Restricted proactively before members reported – 5.4 million accounts. 
  • Restricted after members reported – 190 thousand accounts.  

Likewise, Facebook took action on 426 million fake accounts in Q1 of 2023 alone, with nearly 99% of them acted on before users reported them.  

In its guidelines for a safe job search, Indeed mentions the global teams “dedicated to the safety and authenticity of the jobs posted on our platform.” 

Still, some scammers make their way through to these platforms and others like them. 

Online job scams — here’s what to look out for: 

Our earlier advice on the topic still holds true. You can spot scams several ways, particularly when you know that scammers want your money and personal information as quickly as possible. The moment any so-called job offer asks for any of those, a red flag should immediately go up.  

It’s possibly a scam if:  

They ask for your Social Security or tax ID number.  

In the hands of a scammer, your SSN or tax ID is the key to your identity. With it, they can open up bank cards, lines of credit, apply for insurance benefits, collect benefits and tax returns, or even commit crimes, all in your name. Needless to say, scammers will ask for it, perhaps under the guise of a background check or for payroll purposes. The only time you should provide your SSN or tax ID is when you know that you have accepted a legitimate job with a legitimate company. Only sent it through a secure document signing service, never via email, text, or over the phone.  

They want your banking information.  

Another trick scammers rely on is asking for bank account information so that they can wire a payment to you. As with the SSN above, closely guard this information and treat it in exactly the same way. Don’t give it out unless you have a legitimate job with a legitimate company.  

They want you to pay before you get paid.  

Some scammers will take a different route. They’ll promise employment, but first you’ll need to pay them for training, onboarding, or equipment before you can start work. Legitimate companies won’t make these kinds of requests. Amber’s check story provides a good example of this. 

They tell you to download a specific messaging app to communicate with them. 

Victims report that the scammers require a specific app to chat and, sometimes, to conduct the interview itself. Apps like Signal and Wire get mentioned, yet rest assured that these apps themselves are legitimate. The scammers are the problem, not the apps. Consider it a warning sign if someone asks you to largely communicate this way.  

Other signs of a job scam — more red flags to look for:  

Aside from the types of information they ask for, the way they ask for your information offers other clues that you might find yourself mixed up in a scam. Look out for the following as well:  

1) The offer is big on promises but short on details.  

You can sniff out many online scams with the “too good to be true” test. Scammers often make big promises during the holidays with low-priced offers for hard-to-get holiday gifts and then don’t deliver. It’s the same with job scams. The high pay, the low hours, and even the offer of things like a laptop and other perks, these are signs that a job offer might be a scam. Moreover, when pressed for details about this seemingly fantastic job opportunity, scammers might balk. Or they might come back with incomplete or inconsistent replies because the job doesn’t exist at all.  

2) They communicate only through email or chat.  

Job scammers hide behind their screens. They use the anonymity of the internet to their advantage. Job scammers likewise create phony profiles on networking and social media websites, which means they won’t agree to a video chat or call, which are commonly used in legitimate recruiting today. If your job offer doesn’t involve some sort of face-to-face communication, that indicates it might be a scam.  

3) And the communications seem a little …off.  

Scammers now have an additional tool to reel in their victims — AI chatbots like Chat GPT, which can generate email correspondence, chats, LinkedIn profiles, and other content in seconds so they can bilk victims on a huge scale. However, AI has its limits. Right now, it tends to use shorter sentences in a way that seems like it’s spitting out information. There’s little story or substance to the content it creates. That might be a sign of a scam. Likewise, even without AI, you might spot a recruiter using technical or job-related terms in unusual ways, as if they’re unfamiliar with the work they’re hiring for. That’s another potential sign.  

4) Things move too quickly.  

Scammers love quick conversion. Yet job seekers today know that interview processes are typically long and involved, often relying on several rounds of interviews and loops. If a job offer comes along without the usual rigor and the recruiter is asking for personal information practically right away, that’s another near-certain sign of a scam.  

5) You get job offers on Facebook or other social media sites not associated with job searches.  

This is another red flag. Legitimate businesses stick to platforms associated with networking for business purposes, typically not networking for families, friends, and interests. Why do scammers use sites like Facebook anyway? They’re a gold mine of information. By trolling public profiles, they have access to years of posts and armloads of personal information on thousands of people, which they can use to target their attacks. This is another good reason to set your social media profiles on platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and other friend-oriented sites to private so that scammers of all kinds, not just job scammers, can’t use your information against you.  

Further ways you can protect yourself from job scams.  

As a job hunter you know that getting the right job requires some research. You look up the company, dig into their history—the work they do, how long they’ve been at it, where their locations are, and maybe even read some reviews provided by current or former employees. When it comes to job offers that come out of the blue, it calls for taking that research a step further.   

After all, is that business really a business, or is it really a scam?  

In the U.S., you have several resources that can help you answer that question. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) offers a searchable listing of businesses in the U.S., along with a brief profile, a rating, and even a list of complaints (and company responses) waged against them. Spending some time here can quickly shed light on the legitimacy of a company.   

Also in the U.S., you can visit the website of your state’s Secretary of State and search for the business in question, where you can find when it was founded, if it’s still active, or if it exists at all. For businesses based in a state other than your own, you can visit that state’s Secretary of State website for information. For a state-by-state list of Secretaries of State, you can visit the Secretary of State Corporate Search page here.  

For a listing of businesses with international locations, organizations like S&P Global Ratings and the Dun and Bradstreet Corporation can provide background information, which might require signing up for an account.  

Lastly, protect yourself and your devices.   

Given the way we rely so heavily on the internet to get things done and enjoy our day, comprehensive online protection software that looks out for your identity, privacy, and devices is a must. Specific to job scams, it can help you in several ways, these being just a few:  

  • Scammers still use links to malicious sites to trick people into providing their personal information. Web protection, included in our plans, can steer you clear of those links.   
  • Moreover, scammers gather your contact information and other details so they can target you through data broker sites, fueled by thousands of data points on billions of people. McAfee’s Personal Data Cleanup scans some of the riskiest data broker sites, shows you which ones are selling your personal info, and, depending on your plan, can help you remove it.  
  • Scammers might use any of your personal info that’s already out there on the dark web. McAfee’s Identity Monitoring scans the dark web for your personal info, including email, government IDs, credit card and bank account info, and more. It helps keep your personal info safe, with early alerts if your data is found on the dark web, an average of 10 months ahead of similar services.​

You have what it takes to avoid job search scams.  

Amber’s story, and stories like hers have racked up nearly a quarter-billion dollars in reported losses in the first half of this year here in the U.S. The median loss, somewhere around $2,000 per victim. 

Job scams persist. In fact, they’ve increased by nearly 25% this year compared to this time last year. It’s no surprise that scam stories on TikTok keep racking up. Yet as you’ve seen, awareness and a sharp eye can help you avoid them. 

Editor’s Note: 

Job scams are a crime. If you think that you or someone you know has fallen victim to one, report it to your authorities and appropriate government agencies. In the case of identity theft or loss of personal information, our knowledge base article on identity theft offers suggestions for the specific steps you can take in specific countries, along with helpful links for local authorities that you can turn to for reporting and assistance. 

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Whether or not you’re much into online banking, protecting yourself from bank fraud is a must. 

Online banking is well on its way to becoming a cornerstone of the banking experience overall. More and more transactions occur over the internet rather than at a teller’s window, and nearly every account has a username, password, and PIN linked with it. And whether you use your online banking credentials often or not, hackers and scammers still want to get their hands on them. 

The fact is, online banking is growing and is here to stay. No longer a novelty, online banking is an expectation. Today, 78% of adults in the U.S. prefer to bank online. Meanwhile, only 29% prefer to bank in person. Further projections estimate that more than 3.5 billion people worldwide will bank online, driven in large part by online-only banks. 

There’s no doubt about it. We live in a world where banking, shopping, and payments revolve around a username and password. That’s quite a bit to take in, particularly if your first experiences with banking involved walking into a branch, getting a paper passbook, and maybe even a free toaster for opening an account. 

So, how do you protect yourself? Whether you use online banking regularly or sparingly, you can protect yourself from being the victim of fraud by following a few straightforward steps. 

Here’s how you can protect yourself from online banking fraud 

Use a strong password—and a password manager to keep them straight 

Start here. Passwords are your first line of defense. However, one thing that can be a headache is the number of passwords we have to juggle—a number that seems like it’s growing every day. Look around online and you’ll see multiple studies and articles stating that the average person has upwards of 80 to manage. Even if you have only a small percentage of those, strongly consider using a password manager. A good choice will generate strong, unique passwords for each of your accounts and store them securely for you. 

In general, avoid simple passwords that people can guess or easily glean from other sources (like your birthday, your child’s birthday, the name of your pet, and so on). Additionally, make them unique from account to account. That’s can save you major headaches if one account gets compromised and a hacker tries to use the same password on another account.  

If you want to set up your own passwords, check out this article on how you can make them strong and unique. 

Use two-factor authentication to protect your accounts 

What exactly is two-factor authentication? It’s an extra layer of defense for your accounts. In practice, it means that in addition to providing a password, you also receive a special one-time-use code to access your account. That code might be sent to you via email or to your phone by text. In some cases, you can also receive that code by a call to your phone. Basically, two-factor authentication combines two things: something you know, like your password; and something you have, like your smartphone. Together, that makes it tougher for scammers to hack into your accounts. 

Two-factor authentication is practically a standard, so much so that you already might be using it right now when you bank or use certain accounts. If not, you can see if your bank offers it as an option in your settings the next time you log in. Or, you can contact your bank for help to get it set up. 

Avoid phishing attacks: Look at your email inbox with a skeptical eye 

Phishing is a popular way for crooks to steal personal information by way of email, where a crook will look to phish (“fish”) personal and financial information out of you. No two phishing emails look alike. They can range from a request from a stranger posing as a lawyer who wants you to help with a bank transfer—to an announcement about (phony) lottery winnings. “Just send us your bank information and we’ll send your prize to you!” Those are a couple of classics. However, phishing emails have become much more sophisticated in recent years. Now, slicker hackers will pose as banks, online stores, and credit card companies, often using well-designed emails that look almost the same as the genuine article. 

Of course, those emails are fakes. The links they embed in those emails lead you to them, so they can steal your personal info or redirect a payment their way. One telltale sign of a phishing email is if the sender used an address that slightly alters the brand name or adds to it by tacking extra language at the end of it. If you get one of these emails, don’t click any of the links. Contact the institute in question using a phone number or address posted on their official website. This is a good guideline in general. The best avenue of communication is the one you’ve used and trusted before. 

Be skeptical about calls as well. Fraudsters use the phone too. 

It might seem a little traditional, yet criminals still like to use the phone. In fact, they rely on the fact that many still see the phone as a trusted line of communication. This is known as “vishing,” which is short for “voice phishing.” The aim is the same as it is with phishing. The fraudster is looking to lure you into a bogus financial transaction or attempting to steal information, whether that’s financial, personal, or both. They might call you directly, posing as your bank or even as tech support from a well-known company, or they might send you a text or email that directs you to call their number. 

For example, a crook might call and introduce themselves as being part of your bank or credit card company with a line like “there are questions about your account” or something similar. In these cases, politely hang up. Next, call your bank or credit card company to follow up on your own. If the initial call was legitimate, you’ll quickly find out and can handle the issue properly. If you get a call from a scammer, they can be very persuasive. Remember, though. You’re in charge. You can absolutely hang up and then follow up using a phone number you trust. 

Steer clear of financial transactions on public Wi-Fi in cafes, hotels, and libraries 

There’s a good reason not to use public Wi-Fi: it’s not private. They’re public networks, and that means they’re unsecure and shared by everyone who’s using it, which allows hackers to read any data passing along it like an open book. That includes your accounts and passwords if you’re doing any banking or shopping on it. The best advice here is to wait and handle those things at home if possible. (Or connect to public Wi-Fi with a VPN service, which we’ll cover below in a moment.)  

If not, you can always use your smartphone’s data connection to create a personal hotspot for your laptop, which will be far more secure. Another option is to use your smartphone alone. With a combination of your phone’s data connection and an app from your bank, you can take care of business that way instead of using public Wi-Fi. That said, be aware of your physical surroundings too. Make sure no one is looking over your shoulder! 

Protecting your banking and finances even further 

Some basic digital hygiene will go a long way toward protecting you even more—not only your banking and finances, but all the things you do online as well. The following quick list can help: 

  • Update your software – That includes the operating system of your computers, smartphones, and tablets, along with the apps that are on them. Many updates include security upgrades and fixes that make it tougher for hackers to launch an attack. 
  • Lock up – Your computers, smartphones, and tablets will have a way of locking them with a PIN, a password, your fingerprint, or your face. Take advantage of that protection, which is particularly important if your device is lost or stolen. 
  • Use security software – Protecting your devices with comprehensive online protection software will fend off the latest malware, spyware, and ransomware attacks, plus further protect your privacy and identity. 
  • Consider connecting with a VPN – also known as a “virtual private network,” a VPN helps you stay safer with bank-grade encryption and private browsing. It’s a particularly excellent option if you find yourself needing to use public Wi-Fi because a VPN effectively makes a public network private. 
  • Check your credit report and monitor your transactions – This is an important thing to do in today’s password- and digital-driven world. Doing so will uncover any inconsistencies or outright instances of fraud and put you on the path to setting them straight. Online protection software can help with this as well. It can keep an eye on your credit and your transactions all in one place, providing you notifications if anything changes. That same monitoring can extend to retirement, investment, and loan accounts as well. Check out our plans and see which options work best for you.

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Vanquishing aliens, building virtual amusement parks, mashing buttons in online battles royale. For some, playing video games is a way to unwind from the day and momentarily journey to new worlds. Others game because they love the competition or enjoy participating in the online community around their favorite game.  

But just like other online realms, gaming isn’t free of cybercriminals. Cybercriminals take advantage of highly trafficked online gaming portals to make a profit on the dark web.  

The next time you log on to your virtual world of choice, level up your gaming security to protect your device and your personally identifiable information (PII).   

Why Do Cybercriminals Target Gamers? 

Gaming companies host a trove of valuable information. Gamers trust these platforms with their payment information, personal details, passwords, and with the safety of their gaming characters on which they spend thousands of hours and hundreds of dollars upgrading.  

Cybercriminals also target gamers through malware disguised as an advantage. Cheat software for online games is common as players strive to be the best among their opponents. For instance, a malware scam targeted players seeking an advantage for “Call of Duty: Warzone.” The malware creators advertised the “cheat software” on YouTube with instructions on how to download it. The video received thousands of views and hundreds of comments, which made it look legitimate.  

One of the steps in installing the “cheat software” was that users had to disable antivirus programs and firewalls. Users let the cybercriminals walk right into their device! From there, an aggressive type of fileless malware called a dropper infected the device. A dropper doesn’t download a malicious file; rather, it creates a direct pathway to deliver an additional payload, such as credential-stealing malware.1  

5 Gamer Security Tips 

Competitive gaming is, well, competitive. So, if you invest a lot of real money into your characters, be especially vigilant and follow these five important tips to protect your online accounts. 

1. Do not reveal personal information

It’s common for gamers to use variations of their real names and birthdates in their public-facing usernames. Doing this could reveal personal information that you’d rather keep private. Consider using a nickname or a combination of random numbers instead. Along this same vein, don’t reveal personal details about yourself (phone number, hometown, places you visit regularly, etc.) on chats or streams. Lurking cybercriminals can gather these personal details to impersonate you. 

2. Edit your privacy settings 

On some online PC games, you can join campaigns with gamers from all over the world. While the interconnectivity is great, carefully vet who you allow to follow your online profile. If a stranger sends a friend request out of the blue, be on alert. They could have nefarious motives, such as phishing for valuable data. It’s best to customize your privacy settings to make your profile invisible to strangers.  

3. Don’t pirate games or download cheat software

Developers spend a lot of time creating amazing games, so make sure you purchase games legally and play them as they are intended. Research revealed that cracked versions – or unauthorized versions – of popular games sometimes hid ChromeLoader malware, which has the ability to steal credentials stored in internet browsers. Cracked versions of Call of Duty, Elden Ring, Dark Souls 3, Red Dead Redemption 2, and Roblox were found to be harboring malware.2  

Be especially wary of free downloads and cheat software. Instead, go for a challenge and have fun with the game as it’s written.  

4. Log in with a VPN

A virtual private network (VPN) scrambles your online data traffic, foiling nosy digital eavesdroppers you may encounter while online gaming. A VPN makes it nearly impossible for anyone to access your IP address or spy on your online browsing. 

5. Protect your device with antivirus software 

Antivirus software can make your online gaming experience more secure. McAfee antivirus software, which is included in McAfee+, provides real-time threat protection, which means your devices are covered with 24/7 protection from ever-evolving malware and online threats. 

1Ars Technica, “Malicious cheats for Call of Duty: Warzone are circulating online 

2TechRadar, “Be very careful when downloading these games online – they could be malware 

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The first of August marks the celebration of World Wide Web Day – a day dedicated to the global network that powers our online activity, creating a wealth of knowledge at our fingertips. The World Wide Web (WWW) has revolutionized the way we communicate, learn, and explore, becoming an integral part of our daily lives. With the importance of the internet only growing stronger, it’s only fitting to honor the World Wide Web with a special day of commemoration. But with the internet comes risks, and it’s important to make sure your family is protected from potential threats. Here are some tips and tricks to keep your family safe online. 

1. Phishing Scam Protection

Phishing scams are a type of fraud that involves sending emails or other messages that appear to be from a legitimate source. The goal of these messages is to trick users into providing personal information such as passwords, credit card numbers, and bank account details. To protect against phishing scams, teach your family to:  

  • Be suspicious of any emails or messages that look suspicious, even if they appear to come from a legitimate source.
  • Verify the source of any email or message before responding.
  • Never provide any personal information in response to an email or message.

2. Identity Scam Protection

Identity theft is a crime in which someone uses another person’s personal information to commit fraud or other crimes. Teach your family to protect against identity theft by:  

  • Being aware of what personal information they share online.
  • Using secure passwords for all accounts.
  • Regularly monitoring their credit reports.

3. VPN Protection

A virtual private network (VPN) is a type of technology that provides a secure connection to a private network over the internet. A VPN can help protect your family’s online activity by encrypting the data and hiding your online activity from others. To ensure your family’s online safety, teach them to:  

  • Use a reliable VPN service.
  • Always connect to a VPN when accessing public Wi-Fi networks.
  • Be aware of the country or region in which their VPN service is located.

4. Password Protection

Strong passwords are an important part of online security. Teach your family to create strong passwords and to never share them with anyone. Additionally, use a password manager to store and manage your family’s passwords. A password manager can help by:  

  • Generating secure passwords.
  • Encrypting and storing passwords in a secure, central location.
  • Automatically filling in passwords on websites.

To conclude, celebrations on World Wide Web Day allow us to give thanks for the incredible world of knowledge, commerce, entertainment, communication, and innovation that the internet has provided, and continues to provide for us all. By following these tips and tricks, your family can stay safe online and enjoy all the benefits of the internet. Happy World Wide Web Day! 

The WWW has enabled us to achieve so many things that were simply impossible before. From the ability to catch up with friends and family across the globe to finding information about virtually any topic, the power of the internet is remarkable. In fact, the World Wide Web has significantly enriched our lives in countless ways. 

Did you know that the first-ever image posted on the World Wide Web was a photo of Les Horribles Cernettes, a parody pop band founded by employees at CERN? It was uploaded in 1992 by Sir Tim Berners-Lee, who used a NeXT computer as the first-ever web server. And although we use the term “surfing the net” regularly, do you know who actually coined the phrase? A librarian by the name of Jean Armour Polly wrote an article titled “Surfing the Internet” in the Wilson Library Bulletin at the University of Minnesota in 1992. 

There are many other remarkable facts about the World Wide Web, including its growth over the years. By the start of the year 1993, there were only 50 servers worldwide, but that number had grown to over 500 by October of the same year. Advances in data compression enabled media streaming to happen over the web, which was previously impractical due to high bandwidth requirements for uncompressed media. Although the number of websites online was still small in comparison to today’s figure, notable sites such as Yahoo! Directory and Yahoo! Search were launched in 1994 and 1995, respectively, marking the beginning of web commerce. 

On World Wide Web Day, you can celebrate by exploring the capabilities of the internet and discovering how it has changed over the years. Many organizations worldwide host events featuring conversations and interviews with technology leaders, entrepreneurs, and creators. There are also different talks, activities, and discussions online that you can join, allowing you to delve deeper into the history and potential of the World Wide Web. You could even consider running an event at your local business to market the day and celebrate what WWW has done for us all! 

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Lamun anjeun buka online, anjeun leungit rada saeutik privasi.

Sabaraha gumantung kana naon anu anjeun laksanakeun sareng léngkah-léngkah anu anjeun lakukeun pikeun ngajagaan privasi anjeun.

Kanyataanana nyaéta yén unggal kagiatan online bakal ngahasilkeun data. Lamun anjeun internetan, bank, jeung balanja, data dijieun. Ti dinya, pihak séjén ngumpulkeun, nganalisis, sarta kadangkala ngajual atawa babagi data eta ka batur.

Conto anu paling menonjol nyaéta, tangtosna, média sosial. Perusahaan média sosial ngumpulkeun host data sareng inpormasi pribadi ngeunaan panggunana di tukeran pikeun pamakéan bébas tina platform maranéhanana. Tapi pangumpulan data anu sami lumangsung langkung seueur sacara online. Panyadia ladénan Internét (ISP) bakal sering ngumpulkeun data browsing sareng inpormasi ngeunaan panggunana. Sababaraha mesin pencari ogé bakal ngumpulkeun inpormasi ngeunaan pangguna, pamilarianna, sareng dimana pamilarian na nuju aranjeunna.

Bentuk séjén pikeun ngumpulkeun data nilai luhur merlukeun tracking lokasi. Panyipta aplikasi, ISP, perusahaan telepon sélulér sareng anu sanésna bakal masangkeun naon anu anjeun lakukeun online sareng dimana sareng iraha anjeun ngalakukeunana. Kalawan babarengan, sakabéh data éta bisa akurat ngajelaskeun snapshot anjeun sarta pasuliwer poéan anjeun. Ieu mangrupikeun data paripolah, sapertos iraha sareng dimana anjeun damel, iraha sareng dimana anjeun balanja, sareng panginten dimana anjeun badé angkat pikeun ngajalankeun 5k atanapi sapédah 20k.

Ulah aya kasalahan yén sakabéh data ieu boga nilai. Naha éta dikumpulkeun pikeun tujuan pariwara, atanapi pikeun ngahasilkeun kauntungan tina ngajual data ka batur, privasi anjeun gaduh tag harga.

Tapi anjeun boga sababaraha nyebutkeun dina sakabéh ieu. Anjeun tiasa nyandak sababaraha léngkah anu tiasa ngaleutikan tapak suku data anu anjeun jieun ku jalan online. Kantun nempatkeun, anjeun tiasa ngadalikeun privasi anjeun online.

10 Cara anjeun tiasa tetep langkung pribadi online

Nalika ngahasilkeun sareng ngumpulkeun data sacara alami nganggo internét, anjeun tiasa nyandak léngkah pikeun ngajantenkeun anjeun sareng data anjeun langkung pribadi. Sababaraha di antarana aya hubunganana sareng paripolah, sedengkeun léngkah-léngkah sanésna ngalibatkeun nyetél sareng téknologi anu ngabantosan nutupan lagu anjeun.

1) Janten langkung selektif sareng setélan média sosial anjeun

Platform média sosial sapertos Facebook, Instagram sareng anu sanésna masihan anjeun pilihan pikeun ngajantenkeun profil sareng tulisan anjeun ngan ukur katingali ku babaturan. Milih setelan ieu nyegah internét nu leuwih lega tina ningali naon anjeun ngalakukeun, ngomong, jeung posting-teu nyebut hubungan anjeun sarta likes. Dina basa sejen, ngajaga profil anjeun umum ngajadikeun eta searchable pikeun mesin pencari. profil anjeun sadia pikeun sakabéh ningali.

Nyandak pendekatan “babaturan wungkul” kana propil média sosial anjeun tiasa ngabantosan ngajaga privasi anjeun, sabab anu masihan mungkin scammers atanapi stalkers nyata kirang bahan pikeun digawekeun ku. Saterusna, sababaraha platform ngidinan Anjeun pikeun nyieun subgroups babaturan jeung pengikut. Kalayan tinjauan gancang jaringan anjeun, anjeun tiasa nyiptakeun subgrup babaturan anu paling dipercaya sareng ngabatesan postingan anjeun ka aranjeunna upami diperyogikeun.

2) Pariksa setélan privasi anjeun pikeun alat sareng platform anu anjeun anggo

Alat sareng platform anu béda bakal gaduh setélan privasi sorangan, janten tingali sareng tingali naon pilihan anjeun. Salaku conto, Facebook nawarkeun hiji sakabéh kaca dedicated ka setélan privasi jeung tawaran a Pamariksaan Privasi ogé.

Sedengkeun pikeun alat, jandéla Jeung Mac OS gaduh kadali privasi éksténsif sadia. Androids nyadiakeun pituduh visual pikeun topik, jeung apel gaduh sumberdaya sarupa pikeun pamaké ios ogé. Pilarian gancang ngeunaan privasi dina alat, platform, atanapi aplikasi naon waé bakal ngahasilkeun sababaraha hasil anu mangpaat anu tiasa ngamimitian upami anjeun gaduh patarosan.

3) Tingali kawijakan privasi pikeun aplikasi anu anjeun anggo

Kabijakan privasi ngagariskeun data naon anu dipiboga ku perusahaan Kamungkinan ngumpulkeun, keur naon obyektifnaon anu maranehna ngalakukeun jeung eta, jeung lamun maranehna ngalakukeun Kamungkinan bagikeun atawa ngajual ka pihak katilu. Basa dina kawijakan privasi tiasa rada panjang sareng rumit. Sanajan kitu, sababaraha pausahaan geus nyieun usaha iman alus pikeun ngajelaskeun kawijakan privasi maranéhanana dina basa polos dina situs web ramah-pamaké. Google nyadiakeun conto hébat ieu, nu ngawengku tumbu ka pangalaman Checkup Privasi maranéhanana. Salaku tambahan, Apple nawiskeun pangguna dina ios 15.2 atanapi langkung luhur laporan privasi aplikasi némbongkeun fitur iPhone anyar diakses sarta data aplikasi. Sakali deui, pamilarian wéb bakal ngabantosan anjeun nunjuk sumber daya anu sami pikeun alat, platform, sareng aplikasi anu anjeun anggo.

Naon anu anjeun mendakan Kamungkinan kaget anjeun. Contona, anjeun Kamungkinan manggih yén aplikasi olahtalatah anjeun ngumpulkeun inpormasi lokasi ti anjeun nalika anjeun ngabagi lokasi anjeun sareng réréncangan dina smartphone anjeun. Anjeun Kamungkinan ogé hoyong terang naon anu kudu dipigawé kalayan informasi. Naha perusahaan ngan ukur nganggo éta pikeun tujuan internal, atanapi aranjeunna ogé ngagaduhan hak pikeun ngajual inpormasi lokasi ka pihak katilu sapertos pangiklan? Di dieu, anjeun kedah beuratna pro sareng kontra ngeunaan genah éta sareng mutuskeun naha éta cocog pikeun anjeun.

4) Pareuman babagi lokasi dina aplikasi Anjeun

Saméméhna, urang disebutkeun tracking lokasi salaku formulir nonjol tina pendataan. Iraha Perusahaan tiasa ngalacak lokasi ku sababaraha cara, Anjeun bakal manggihan aplikasi smartphone di luhur daptar. Untungna, anjeun bisa kalayan gampang nganonaktipkeun babagi lokasi dina dasar aplikasi-demi-aplikasi. Contona, Anjeun tiasa nyetel hiji aplikasi pikeun ngaktipkeun ladenan lokasi ngan lamun keur dipake. Aplikasi anu sanés, anjeun tiasa nganonaktipkeun jasa lokasi lengkep. Pilihan anu sanés nyaéta gaduh aplikasi naroskeun idin unggal waktos. Catet yén ieu mangrupikeun cara anu saé pikeun terang upami aplikasi sacara standar nganggo jasa lokasi tanpa kanyahoan anjeun nalika anjeun pasang. Dina iPhone, anjeun tiasa mendakanana dina Setélan A Privasi & Kaamanan A Jasa lokasi. Dina Android, buka Setélan A Lokasi A Idin Lokasi Aplikasi.

5) Nonaktipkeun akun lami anjeun – sareng hapus datana

Naha anjeun parantos di internet salami lima, sapuluh, atanapi bahkan dua puluh taun, aya kasempetan anu saé anjeun gaduh seueur akun anu henteu dianggo deui atanapi anu anjeun hilap. Sababaraha akun ieu Kamungkinan ngandung data atanapi inpormasi anjeun dina sababaraha bentuk atanapi cara, anu teu perlu tiasa ngalaan éta ka peretas atanapi maling, boh salaku bagian tina palanggaran atanapi ngalangkungan inpormasi anu tiasa diaksés ku pangguna mana waé.

6) Paké VPN

Ogé katelah “jaringan pribadi maya”, VPN ngabantosan ngajaga inpormasi pribadi anjeun sareng data sanésna nganggo enkripsi kelas bank. Pikirkeun éta mangrupikeun jinis browsing pribadi dimana sambungan “torowongan” ngajagi anjeun tina prying eyes, anu tiasa ngaleutikan data anu anjeun kakeunaan nalika dikirimkeun ka sareng ti alat anjeun. Dina sababaraha kasus, VPN ogé tiasa ngajagi inpormasi anu badé dikumpulkeun ku pangiklan sareng ISP.

7) Ngabersihan jalan satapak data pribadi Anjeun

Iraha panungtungan anjeun Googled sorangan? Hasilna tiasa nembongkeun sagala jinis hal, sapertos perkiraan panghasilan anjeun, nami sareng umur murangkalih anjeun, sabaraha anjeun mayar bumi anjeun, sareng, sakapeung, kabiasaan mésér anjeun. Saha anu ngumpulkeun sareng ngeposkeun inpormasi ieu ngeunaan anjeun? Calo data online, anu ngumpulkeun inpormasi tina sagala jinis rékaman umum. Salaku tambahan, aranjeunna ogé bakal ngumpulkeun inpormasi ti pamekar aplikasi, kartu kasatiaan, sareng ti perusahaan sanés anu ngalacak browsing wéb anjeun. Calo data bakal ngajual inpormasi ieu ka saha waé. Advertisers, tukang checkers, telemarketers na scammers teuing. Calo data henteu ngabentenkeun. Henteu acan Anjeun tiasa ngabersihkeun inpormasi nganggo Pembersihan Data Pribadi kawas urang. Éta nyeken sababaraha situs calo data anu paling picilakaeun pikeun inpormasi pribadi anjeun sareng ngabantosan ngahapus pikeun anjeun

8) Skip kuis online

Anjeun superhero nu mana? “Naon nami Lebaran pikasieuneun anjeun?” atawa “Naon ngaran pegulat profésional anjeun?” Anjeun meureun geus katempo kuis kawas pop up ieu di anjeun dahar Sakapeung. Hanjakalna, kuis ieu tiasa naroskeun nami jalan anu anjeun ageung, tanggal lahir anjeun, lagu karesep anjeun, sareng kamungkinan nami piaraan anu anjeun dipikacinta anu munggaran. Tangtosna, ieu mangrupikeun potongan inpormasi pribadi, sakapeung jawaban kana patarosan kaamanan anu biasa dianggo ku bank sareng lembaga keuangan sanés. (Contona, naon modél mobil munggaran anjeun?) Kalayan inpormasi ieu, hacker tiasa ngalakukeunana coba pikeun meunangkeun aksés ka akun anjeun. Gunana pikeun nyebutkeun, skip kuis.

9) Update, update, update

Upami mungkin, setel sadaya sistem operasi sareng aplikasi anjeun kanggo apdet otomatis. Sanaos apdet ieu sering ngenalkeun fitur sareng fungsionalitas énggal, aranjeunna ogé ningkatkeun kaamanan. Éta bakal ngandung perbaikan anu tiasa nyegah peretas sareng aktor jahat sanés ngaksés data sareng inpormasi anjeun atanapi ngaksés alat anjeun nyalira.

10) Waspada kana sakuliling anjeun sareng awas pikeun “para peselancar taktak”

Kaamanan fisik ogé penting. Waspada kana sakuliling anjeun di warung kopi. Jaga smartphone anjeun aman tina copet. Bawa laptop anjeun kana mobil nalika anjeun gancang angkat ka toko. Masing-masing tindakan ieu tiasa ngajagi alat digital anjeun tina maling fisik—sareng data, inpormasi, poto, sareng file dina éta.

Sapertos anjeun nutupan padamelan anjeun nalika ngalaksanakeun tés matematika di sakola dasar, nutupan padamelan anjeun nalika anjeun kaluar di tempat umum. Atanapi langkung saé, lakukeun balanja anjeun, perbankan, sareng padamelan sénsitip sanés di bumi atanapi dina kaayaan anu dikontrol. Penjahat bakal gladly stoop pikeun ngintip leuwih taktak anjeun pikeun informasi maranéhanana hayang.

Kalolobaan privasi anjeun gumantung ka anjeun

Dasarna, luncat online ngalibatkeun ngahasilkeun data. Jeung dimana data dihasilkeun, aya kasempetan alus batur bakal hoyong ngumpulkeun eta. Tapi anjeun tiasa ngalaksanakeun seueur kontrol dina ieu. Leuwih ti anjeun tiasa ngabayangkeun.

Sababaraha di antarana turun ka sabaraha data anu urang daék bagikeun nyalira. Siga nalika urang ngeusian inpormasi profil akun kalayan detil anu pikaresepeun pikeun sadayana ningali atanapi nalika urang ngalebetkeun inpormasi pribadi dina poto sareng tulisan urang. Tapi aya ogé seueur pangumpulan data di tukangeun layar ogé. Kalayan alat anu pas, sareng ku ngirangan tapak suku digital anjeun sacara umum, anjeun tiasa ngajaga langkung seueur data langkung pribadi. Bagian anu adil tina privasi online anjeun gumantung ka anjeun.

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Nalika ngajagi privasi anjeun, perhatoskeun pamakean média sosial anjeun — sabab ngabagi tiasa gancang janten oversharing.

Istilah “oversharing” mawa sababaraha definisi anu béda. Tapi dina hal urang di dieu, over-sharing hartina nyebutkeun leuwih ti hiji kedah ka leuwih jalma ti hiji kedah. Pertimbangkeun pamiarsa anjeun dina propil média sosial anjeun. Panginten anjeun gaduh puluhan, bahkan ratusan réréncangan sareng pengikut. Kabéh kalawan varying derajat closeness jeung familiarity. Mana di antarana anjeun tiasa percanten kana inpormasi anu anjeun bagikeun?

Jeung Anjeun meureun bagikeun leuwih ti anjeun pikir. Tulisan ngagaduhan cara nyarios langkung ti hiji hal, sapertos:

“Ieu kolam renang di imah kontrakan tempat kuring cicing minggu ieu. Luar biasa!” Anu ogé nyarioskeun ka sadayana, “Imah abdi kosong kanggo sababaraha dinten ka hareup.”

“Kuring teu bisa ngamimitian poé gawé kuring tanpa ngadatangan warung kopi favorit abdi.” Anu ogé nyarios, “Upami anjeun hoyong ngalacak kuring langsung, anjeun tiasa mendakan kuring di lokasi ieu paling isuk-isuk.”

Hiji tiasa gancang nunjuk ka conto sejenna oversharing. Teu dihaja over-sharing wanoh.

Hiji poé mimiti gambar sakola bisa ngabejaan muhrim naon sakola dasar anak anjeun attends, nyebutkeun lamun eta kaasup dewan bacaan sakola di dinya. A snippet anjeun guyonan sabudeureun kalawan batur sapagawean bisa nembongkeun hiji glimpse informasi parusahaan. Meureun kusabab naon anu ditulis dina papan tulis di tukangeun anjeun duaan. Sarta dina hiji conto ekstrim, aya narajang dina béntang pop. Penyerangna ngalacak anjeunna ngalangkungan selfies na, nangtukeun lokasina ngaliwatan pantulan dina panon na.

daftar nuluykeun.

Éta henteu nyarios “ulah ngeposkeun.” Langkung tepatna, “pertimbangkeun naon anu anjeun pasang sareng saha anu tiasa ningali”. Anjeun gaduh kontrol kana naon anu anjeun pasangkeun, sareng dina sababaraha gelar, anu tiasa ningali tulisan éta. Kombinasi éta mangrupikeun konci pikeun privasi anjeun-sareng privasi batur ogé.

Tilu léngkah saderhana pikeun ngajagi privasi anjeun dina média sosial

1) Janten langkung selektif sareng setélan anjeun

Platform média sosial sapertos Facebook, Instagram sareng anu sanésna masihan anjeun pilihan pikeun ngajantenkeun profil sareng tulisan anjeun ngan ukur katingali ku babaturan. Milih setelan ieu nyegah internét nu leuwih lega tina ningali naon anjeun ngalakukeun, ngomong, jeung posting-teu nyebut hubungan anjeun sarta likes. Nyandak pendekatan “babaturan wungkul” kana propil média sosial anjeun tiasa ngabantosan ngajaga privasi anjeun, sabab anu masihan jigana scammer atanapi stalker sumawona bahan pikeun digawekeun ku. Saterusna, sababaraha platform ngidinan Anjeun pikeun nyieun subgroups babaturan jeung pengikut. Kalayan tinjauan gancang jaringan anjeun, anjeun tiasa nyiptakeun subgrup babaturan anu paling dipercaya sareng ngabatesan postingan anjeun ka aranjeunna upami diperyogikeun.

2) Ucapkeun “henteu” ka strangers anu mawa requests sobat

Janten kritis kana uleman anjeun nampi. Urang asing leumpang asup jeung kaluar Kamungkinan jadi leuwih ti saukur muhrim. Bisa jadi rekening palsu dirancang pikeun ngumpulkeun informasi ngeunaan pamaké pikeun tujuan curang. Aya ogé seueur akun palsu. Kanyataanna, dina Q1 2023 nyalira, Facebook nyandak tindakan ngalawan 426 juta akun palsu. Nolak pamenta kitu.

3) Pertimbangkeun naon anu anjeun pasang

Pikirkeun ngeposkeun poto liburan éta saatos anjeun uih deui supados jalma henteu terang anjeun angkat nalika anjeun jauh. Pertimbangkeun ogé naha pos anjeun nunjukkeun persis dimana anjeun atanapi dimana anjeun rutin angkat. Naha anjeun hoyong jalma-jalma dina jaringan anjeun anu langkung ageung terang ngeunaan éta? Tinjau sacara saksama poto anu anjeun candak sareng tingali upami aya inpormasi anu kakeunaan di latar tukang. Upami kitu, anjeun tiasa motong éta (pikir catetan dina papan tulis, pantulan dina jandéla, atanapi nembongkeun inpormasi lokasi). Salajengna, nyuhunkeun idin ti saha waé anu anjeun hoyong lebetkeun kana tulisanna. Gemblengna, mertimbangkeun privasi maranéhanana ogé.

Cara salajengna pikeun ngajantenkeun diri anjeun langkung pribadi online

Nalika kami nuju kana topik ieu, anjeun tiasa nyandak sababaraha léngkah sanés anu tiasa ngajantenkeun anjeun langkung pribadi online. Salian ngagunakeun média sosial anjeun, léngkah-léngkah sanés tiasa ngabantosan langkung seueur inpormasi pribadi sareng pribadi anjeun — dimana éta milik:

  • Leupaskeun kuis online: Anjeun superhero nu mana? “Naon nami Lebaran pikasieuneun anjeun?” atawa “Naon ngaran pegulat profésional anjeun?” Anjeun meureun geus katempo kuis kawas pop up ieu di anjeun dahar Sakapeung. Hanjakalna, kuis ieu tiasa naroskeun nami jalan anu anjeun ageung, tanggal lahir anjeun, lagu karesep anjeun, sareng kamungkinan nami piaraan anu anjeun dipikacinta anu munggaran. Tangtosna, ieu mangrupikeun potongan inpormasi pribadi, sakapeung jawaban kana patarosan kaamanan anu biasa dianggo ku bank sareng lembaga keuangan sanés. (Contona, naon modél mobil munggaran anjeun?) Kalayan inpormasi ieu, hacker tiasa nyobian aksés kana akun anjeun. Gunana pikeun nyebutkeun, skip kuis.
  • Ngabersihan jalan satapak data pribadi anjeun: Iraha terakhir anjeun Google Google sorangan? Hasilna tiasa nembongkeun sagala jinis hal, sapertos perkiraan panghasilan anjeun, nami sareng umur murangkalih anjeun, sabaraha anjeun mayar bumi anjeun, sareng, sakapeung, kabiasaan mésér anjeun. Saha anu ngumpulkeun sareng ngeposkeun inpormasi ieu ngeunaan anjeun? Calo data online, anu ngumpulkeun inpormasi tina sagala jinis rékaman umum. Salaku tambahan, aranjeunna ogé bakal ngumpulkeun inpormasi ti pamekar aplikasi, kartu kasatiaan, sareng ti perusahaan sanés anu ngalacak browsing wéb anjeun. Calo data bakal ngajual inpormasi ieu ka saha waé. Advertisers, tukang checkers, telemarketers na scammers teuing. Calo data henteu ngabentenkeun. Henteu acan Anjeun tiasa ngabersihkeun inpormasi nganggo Pembersihan Data Pribadi kawas urang. Éta nyeken sababaraha situs calo data anu paling bahaya pikeun inpormasi pribadi anjeun sareng ngabantosan ngahapus pikeun anjeun.
  • Méakkeun waktos langkung pribadi online nganggo VPN: VPN nyiptakeun “torowongan” énkripsi anu ngajagi kagiatan anjeun tina penjahat cyber janten naon anu anjeun lakukeun online tetep anonim. Ieu ngabantosan anjeun janten anonim pikeun pangiklan ogé pelacak anu sanés. Ku cara énkripsi pamenta patalimarga wéb anjeun, VPN tiasa nyumputkeun kabiasaan sareng sajarah browsing anjeun ti jalma-jalma anu tiasa nganggo inpormasi éta salaku bagian tina nyiptakeun profil anjeun — naha éta pikeun iklan anu ditargetkeun atanapi ngumpulkeun data anu tiasa dijual ka calo pikeun kauntungan. Parangkat lunak panyalindungan online anu komprehensif sapertos kami mangrupikeun salah sahijina.

Langkung privasi sabagian terserah anjeun

Memang, “sosial” bisa disebutkeun sabalikna tina “pribadi”. Ngagunakeun média sosial ngalibatkeun babagi, ku harti. Tapi oversharing tiasa nyababkeun masalah privasi.

Panginten anjeun hoyong babaturan caket terang naon anu lumangsung, tapi kumaha upami kenalan kasual dina daptar babaturan anjeun? Kumaha anjeun leres terang aranjeunna? Sareng dugi ka mana anjeun hoyong aranjeunna terang rinci ngeunaan dimana anjeun, dimana budak anjeun sakola, sareng saterasna? Éta patarosan anu pamustunganana anjeun kedah ngajawab, sareng pamustunganana gaduh sababaraha kontrol kana naon anu anjeun bagikeun dina média sosial.

Ogé penting mertimbangkeun ieu: lamun masangkeun hal di internet, anggap eta warta kaca hareup. Sanaos sareng setélan privasi média sosial, teu aya jaminan yén aya anu moal nyalin tulisan atanapi poto anjeun sareng nyebarkeunana ka batur.

Sisi flip topik média sosial sareng privasi nyaéta platform anu anjeun anggo. Henteu aya rusiah yén perusahaan média sosial ngumpulkeun inpormasi pribadi ngeunaan pangguna pikeun tukeur pikeun panggunaan platformna gratis. Tangtosna, éta topik anu misah. Kami nutupan naon perusahaan média sosial terang ngeunaan anjeun dina tulisan ieu di dieu— sareng sababaraha léngkah anu tiasa ngabantosan anjeun ngawatesan naon anu aranjeunna terang ogé.

Lamun datang ka privasi anjeun sarta média sosial, éta bener gumantung kana kumaha anjeun ngagunakeun éta. Cara anjeun nganggo sababaraha setélan privasi sareng pamirsa nawiskeun hiji cara pikeun ngatur éta. Sagalana sejenna nyaeta anjeun sarta informasi nu nempatkeun kaluar pikeun batur ningali.

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Sarah teu ningali datang.

Hiji indung tunggal di ahir 40s nya, “Sarah” éta desperately ngalamun sanggeus cerai nya (ngaran robah ngajaga identitas dirina). putra rumaja nya geus yakin dirina gabung dating situs, jadi manehna nyieun profil dina aplikasi populér. Saatos sababaraha kaping gagal, manéhna manggihan Scott (ngaran ogé robah). Anjeunna karismatik, bageur. “Kami ngagaduhan sambungan instan,” saur Sarah.

Aranjeunna spent jam dina telepon babagi Rahasia deepest maranéhanana sarta malah dimimitian ngabayangkeun hareup babarengan. Tapi sanggeus ngeunaan tilu bulan, Scott pencét kali teuas. Mimitina, anjeunna kedah nginjeum $ 400 kanggo mayar tikét pesawat pikeun nganjang ka baraya anu maot, anu anjeunna langsung mayar deui. Dina sababaraha bulan ka hareup, jumlah éta ningkat kana $ 1,000 kanggo nyéwa sareng $ 3,000 pikeun usaha bisnis.

Pangmayaran pikeun injeuman henteu kantos sumping, sareng sateuacan lami, Sarah nginjeumkeun cinta énggalna langkung ti $ 8,500. Nalika anjeunna mencét anjeunna artos, Scott ngagaduhan Sarah online, pindah ka luar kota, sareng anjeunna henteu kantos ningali deui. Anjeunna henteu ngabagi carita na ka seueur jalma. Anjeunna henteu ngalaporkeun éta. Anjeunna teuing embarrassed sarta humiliated malah jadi depresi sanggeus naon anjeunna disebut “tippuan Scott”. Nyeri, anjeunna kaleungitan kapercayaan ka batur.

Sara henteu nyalira. Di AS wungkul, ngeunaan 70.000 jalma ngalaporkeun scams roman 2022, nurutkeun Komisi Trade Federal (FTC). Karugian dilaporkeun jumlahna $ 1.3 milyar kalayan karugian rata-rata $ 4,400. Sareng kalayan statistik sapertos kitu, angka-angka éta ngan ukur ngagambarkeun naon anu dilaporkeun. Sakumaha seueur “Sarah” di AS anu ditipu sareng henteu kantos ngalaporkeun? Sabaraha sadunya?

Éta nyeri tina online dating jeung scams roman. nyeri finansial jeung emosional meunang diperparah ku rasa éra jeung hina. Barina ogé, korban néangan cinta jeung silaturahim.

Sareng éta anu diandelkeun ku scammers. Tapi éta henteu kedah ngeureunkeun anjeun hiji roman anu muncul online. Kalayan haté anu kuat sareng panon anu seukeut, anjeun tiasa ningali panipuan sareng ngeureunkeunana sateuacan karusakan parantos réngsé.

Kumaha online dating jeung scams roman dimimitian?

dating jeung roman scams bisa dimimitian ku sababaraha cara. Éta bisa ngamimitian dina dating aktip tur situs, sakumaha dina kasus Sarah urang. Sanajan kitu, aranjeunna bisa lumangsung di tempat séjén sarta malah muncul ujug-ujug ogé. Scammers bakal sabudeureun asup média sosial, téks, jeung kaulinan online ku ping poténsial korban kalayan pesen bubuka teu kaduga-sajenis preamble digital. Kanyataanna, FTC ngalaporkeun yén 40% tina online dating jeung scams roman dimimitian ku pesen dina média sosial, dibandingkeun ngan 19% on dating aktip.

Kalayan sambungan awal dijieun, obrolan dimimitian, sarta silaturahim (atawa leuwih) tumuwuh ti dinya. Sapanjang jalan, scammers bakal sering ngandelkeun campuran carita rada aheng tapi dipercaya pikeun mamingan korban. Seringna, éta bakal ngalibetkeun padamelan sareng dimana aranjeunna damel. Laporan nyebatkeun scammers bakal nyarioskeun ngeunaan janten pagawé di rig minyak lepas pantai, anggota militér anu ditempatkeun di luar negeri, dokter damel sareng organisasi internasional, atanapi damel dina jinis padamelan anu bakal nyegah aranjeunna gampang patepang sacara pribadi.

Kalayan ngadegna hubungan palsu, scammers ngamimitian naroskeun artos. FTC ngalaporkeun yén maranéhna bakal nungtut duit pikeun sababaraha alesan bogus, biasana revolving sabudeureun sababaraha nurun predicament dimana maranéhna butuh “saeutik pitulung” ngarah bisa mayar:

  • Pikeun tiket pesawat atawa expenses perjalanan séjén.
  • Pikeun biaya médis.
  • Biaya pabean pikeun nyokot hiji hal.
  • Hutang judi.
  • Visa atanapi dokumen perjalanan resmi anu sanés.

Daptar na terus, tapi éta inti umum. Scammers mindeng ngagunakeun carita kalawan komplikasi metot nu sigana rada masuk akal, nu scammer amorous ngajadikeun eta disada saolah-olah maranéhna sabenerna bisa ngagunakeun bantuan keuangan korban.

Kumaha scammers bakal nanya ka anjeun mayar

Jalma anu geus Filed laporan panipuan nyebutkeun yen aranjeunna geus dibayar scammers maranéhanana dina sababaraha cara biasa.

Salah sahiji cara nyaéta ngirim artos, sering ngalangkungan perusahaan transfer kawat. Kauntungannana jalur ieu, pikeun fraudsters, éta téh salaku alus sakumaha Mayar tunai. Sakali deui leungit. Korban teu ngagaduhan panyalindungan anu dipibanda ku cara pamayaran sanés, sapertos kartu kiridit anu ngamungkinkeun anu gaduhna ngabatalkeun atanapi ngajukeun gugatan.

Cara séjén nyaéta ngaliwatan kartu kado. Scammers sadaya belang, henteu ngan Penipu asmara, sapertos kieu sabab tiasa dianggo sacara efektif sapertos artos, naha éta kartu kado pikeun pangecér online utama atanapi ranté toko bata sareng mortir. Kawas transfer kawat, Iraha kartu kado dihurungkeun, duit di jero hésé pisan cageur, lamun sagala.

Hiji pangmayaran anu langkung umum nyaéta ngalangkungan kartu debit anu tiasa dimuat deui. Penipu Kamungkinan Nyuhunkeun pamenta awal pikeun kartu sapertos kitu, teras jieun sababaraha pamenta nurutan pikeun ngamuat deui.

Gemblengna, scammers roman biasana bakal néangan padika pembayaran panggampangna nu paling hese ngabantah atawa pindah leuwih, ninggalkeun korban dina selat finansial. Iraha scam geus leuwih.

Kumaha carana ulah nyeureud tina online dating atanapi scams roman

Nalika pendak sareng jalma énggal online, FTC naroskeun ieu:

  • Entong ngirimkeun artos atanapi kado ka jalma anu anjeun teu acan kantos tepang sacara pribadi-sanaos aranjeunna ngirim artos heula ka anjeun.
  • Ngobrol jeung batur nu dipercaya ngeunaan minat cinta anyar ieu. Gampang sono hal-hal anu henteu nambahan. Jadi perhatikeun lamun babaturan atawa kulawarga anjeun prihatin.
  • Candak hubungan lalaunan. Naroskeun patarosan sareng milarian jawaban anu teu konsisten.
  • Coba milarian gambar sabalikna tina unggal gambar profil anu dianggo ku jalma. Lamun maranehna patali dina ngaran séjén atawa kalawan rinci taliti, éta panipuan a.

Fraudsters, sanajan maranehna heartless, tetep manusa. Aranjeunna nyieun kasalahan. Carita anu didamelna ngan ukur kitu. Carita. aranjeunna Kamungkinan Pergaulan nepi rinci maranéhna, lalaki waktu jeung tanggal maranéhna salah, atawa ngan lalaki bray up dina bohong blatant. oge, Inget yén sababaraha scammers Kamungkinan gawé bareng sababaraha korban sakaligus, nu kasempetan sejen pikeun aranjeunna meunang bingung tur derailed. Tetep panon on eta. Inconsistency mangrupakeun watermark tina tipu daya.

Ngajaga diri leuwih jauh ti scams

1. Konci privasi anjeun dina média sosial

Platform média sosial sapertos Facebook, Instagram sareng anu sanésna masihan anjeun pilihan pikeun ngajantenkeun profil sareng tulisan anjeun ngan ukur katingali ku babaturan. Milih setelan ieu ngajaga internét lega tina ningali naon anu anjeun laksanakeun, ucapkeun, sareng posting, anu tiasa ngabantosan ngajaga privasi anjeun sareng ngirangan inpormasi anu tiasa dimanfaatkeun ku scammers roman.

2. Google sorangan, teras pupus naon manggihan

Dupi anjeun kantos googled sorangan online? Anjeun bakal mendakan inpormasi pribadi sapertos tanggal lahir, alamat sateuacana, nami barudak sareng umurna, perkiraan panghasilan anjeun, sareng seueur deui. Inpo ieu dikumpulkeun ku calo data sarta sadia pikeun dijual ka advertisers goréng atawa scammers. scammers canggih ngagunakeun informasi ieu nyieun propil sarta salajengna mangpaatkeun korban maranéhanana. Ladenan Pembersih Data Pribadi tiasa ngabantosan anjeun ngahapus data pribadi sapertos kieu tina wéb.

3. Ucapkeun “henteu” ka strangers anu mawa requests sobat

Janten kritis kana uleman anjeun nampi. Urang asing leumpang asup jeung kaluar Kamungkinan janten langkung ti roman scammers. aranjeunna bisa jadi rekening palsu dirancang pikeun ngumpulkeun informasi ngeunaan pamaké pikeun tujuan cybercrime, atawa bisa jadi rekening dirancang pikeun nyebarkeun informasi palsu. Aya seueur ogé. Kanyataanna, dina Q1 2023 nyalira,Facebook nyandak tindakan ngalawan 426 juta akun palsu. Nolak pamenta kitu.

4. Nengetan deukeut detil on Anjeun dating profil

Saloba mungkin, nyadiakeun jumlah minimum jéntré dina profil dating Anjeun. Diaku, ieu merlukeun saeutik polah balancing. Rék nempatkeun sababaraha émbaran kaluar aya pikeun mantuan manggihan patandingan, tapi teuing bisa mere Anjeun jauh jeung dimana anjeun bade. Sarua pikeun poto profil anjeun. Pastikeun Anjeun gaduh kasang tukang umum-pilari, tinimbang naon bae anu bisa nangtukeun dimana anjeun cicing, digawé, atawa dihadiran sakola.

5. Jaga diri sareng alat anjeun

Parangkat lunak panyalindungan online tiasa nyegah anjeun ngaklik tautan bahaya anu tiasa dikirim ku scammers anjeun online, bari ngajauhkeun anjeun tina ancaman sanés sapertos virus, ransomware, sareng serangan phishing sacara umum. Éta ogé tiasa ningali inpormasi pribadi anjeun, ku ngajagi privasi anjeun sareng ngawaskeun email anjeun, SSN, rekening bank, kartu kiridit, sareng inpormasi sanésna anu scammers atanapi maling identitas. Kamungkinan dipaké.Kalawan maling identitas lumangsung rada umum poé ieusoftware kaamanan estu kudu.

mungkas éta

Lamun nyangka yén anjeun keur ditipu on, mungkas hubungan jeung ngalaporkeun eta, sakumaha teuas sakumaha anu kasebut Kamungkinan ngarasa.

Ngabéjaan FTC diReportFraud.ftc.govpikeun dukungan sareng léngkah-léngkah salajengna pikeun ngabantosan anjeun pulih saloba-lobana kauangan anjeun. Kitu ogé, béjakeun ogé situs média sosial, aplikasi, atanapi jasa dimana panipuan parantos kajantenan. Dina sababaraha kasus,Anjeun meureun hoyong file laporan pulisi, nu urang nutupan dina artikel lega kami ngeunaan maling identitas na panipuan.

Upami anjeun ngirim dana via kartu kado, FTC nyarankeun ngajukeun klaim ka perusahaan pas mungkin.Aranjeunna nawiskeun saran langkung seueur pikeun ngajukeun klaim di dieu,bareng jeung daptar nomer kontak pikeun merek kartu kado ilahar dipaké ku fraudsters.

Panungtungan, ngan bersantai. Mun anjeun korban hiji online dating atanapi scam roman, nyaho yén anjeun teu kahiji atawa jalma panungtungan bisa dicokot Kauntungannana ku cara kieu. Ku ngalaporkeun kasus anjeun, anjeun leres pisan Kamungkinan mantuan batur ti ragrag korban ogé.

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