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Saturday, May 5, 2012

Few Words of Caution for your online Identity

SPAM Mail— I’d say if we get a single penny every time a spam hits my mail box- how rich would I beJ. Well We all have a Spam folders with us – be it official and personal id with at least 200 spam mails a day claiming you a lottery winner or a job opportunity in Nigeria or asking for help on disposing billions of dollars etc. etc…

Don’t you wonder where this comes from: Here are couple of reminders: -

Ø Register yourself on a website and hit Subscribe to the promotional offers.

Ø Register on a social network website which allows you to show your email id.

Ø Liking some Facebook page which you can only access post submitting your email id.

Ø Drop in your email id while eating at a restaurant or shopping.

Ø Downloading free stuff only by subscribing

Ø Subscribing to a newsletter.

And many more J

Well here are few precautionary measures which you can use:

Ø Even while signing yourself at a website – make sure you uncheck the box which says subscribe to our newsletter.

Ø In case you do not want to share your email id do check the “Privacy Section” of your account settings.

Ø While shopping or eating at the restaurant – make sure just put a feedback and not your email id there.

Ø While downloading stuff from website – do clear off tracking cookies from your computer/ laptop.

Ø Always keep your password a combination of numbers and special characters – these cannot be hacked.

Ø While accepting a friend request make sure you know the person rather than just increasing the number of your friends on the list.

Ø While Apps\ Games we play on the Facebook also pass on your email id so more chance of spam.

Ø Always and always have a nick name for social networking websites but not weird ones which has some words such as “Spunk – Funk”.

Ø Use the button which says “Report Abuse or Report Spam” and that email would never shop up again.

Ø Always run an Anti- virus every once in a while to make sure no Trojans are downloaded.

With these small steps – not only you can save your identity from online theft but you have less spam in your mail box. Remember online identity needs to be secured as your personal phone numbers.

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