I don't advocate that you never post a picture or make use of a webcam. There are far too many positive uses of image and video sharing. What I do suggest is that, when you are in a forum where what you post is available to the public, you take the time to make sure you aren't broadcasting visual information that can put you or your family at risk. Here's what you can do to help protect yourself.
Make sure you study any image you post, e-mail, instant message, or send through your
Here are some additional steps you can take to limit your risk when posting visual images online that you make available to the public:
Chapter Five. Step 2: Don't Tell People More Than You Should
Kathy came from an upper middle-class family near Toronto. She had a master's degree in finance and a
Sadly, Kathy's husband Roger had died five
Kathy found that she enjoyed the social networking activity of blogging. She had set up her blog to be available to the public and had organized it around three main themes: her husband's death, how she was dealing with her grief, and her personal likes and interests. She found that many people had similar interests and personal experiences and sympathized with her.
How could this therapeutic outlet put her at risk? Suppose one day Kathy notices that entries from a man named William are
This could be the start to a wonderful new relationship, or William could be a con man who preys on the loneliness and vulnerability of widows. One day she might get an e-mail from William saying that he wants to meet her in person. Kathy might unknowingly agree to meet a complete stranger who is targeting her because of what she revealed about herself online.