How to Avoid Being Blackmailed Online
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How to Avoid Being Blackmailed Online

It is very common these days for people to be blackmailed online due to social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. Many people blame the services themselves, but theyÂ’re not the problem. Its how people are using them.

It is very common these days for people to be blackmailed online due to social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. Many people blame the services themselves, but they’re not the problem. Its how people are using them.

One of the main things that makes you an easy target for blackmailers is having your photo online. If you have uploaded a picture of yourself to Facebook, Twitter, Flickr or any other social networking site it is a whole lot easier for you to be blackmailed, stalked, hijacked or scammed. Now you may be thinking “who would want to blackmail me?” Well, you’d be surprised. If someone knows what you look like, they can hijack you identity a lot easier. They then will have the power needed to blackmail you out of money, information or anything else they may want from you. To avoid this it is best to not upload photos of yourself to the internet. But if you must do it, don’t let it be visible to everyone in the world. Only people you know and trust.

If you adjust all your social networking settings so that only your friends can see your private information, (phone numbers, street address, photos, email address etc) you will think your safe. But even though your a lot safer than before, people can still gain access to your personal info. Not by hacking the social network itself, but by hijacking one of your friends accounts or posing as someone you know. For example, if someone had access to your personal info, they could create an account on a social networking site and pretend to be you. They will then ask people you know to add them as a friend. Of course they will, as they will think the hijacker is you. Their personal info will then be up for grabs, and so the pattern continues.

This is when the blackmail comes in. Once someone is posing as you online, they might try to make you pay them for the fake account (the one that looks like yours). If this happens to you, its too late to get out of. So its best to avoid it in the first place.

The best way to avoid online blackmail/hijacking is to not post your phone number, cellphone number, street address and any other personal info on the internet. Since when does everyone need to know your street address anyway? And I’m sure all your “real” friends will already know a this sort of info. They don’t need to find it out online.

Thanks for reading!

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Comments (2)

Wow. I had never heard of this before. Thank you for the information.

very wise article! I am scared now! I do have pics on sites and facebook but all my personal information is withheld... especially my age!!!!!!!!!!

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