Who Can You Trust Online?

Who Can You Trust Online?


 I’m very disturbed by events regarding who I trust online. It’s been almost a year since I first began to actively use social media. I made my Facebook & twitter accounts  9 months ago. The  first people I met on twitter taught me many lessons about the value of online privacy.

Never send out pictures of yourself to anyone. Never tell them where you live etcetc… They may seem to be the nicest or most interesting person you’ve met, but trust me, people online are 99% of the time not what they seem to be. It’s so easy to be whoever you want to be behind a screen name & very few people are satisfied to be themselves. You cannot trust them. That is just the truth. I trust 300 out of my 30,000 to give you an idea…

Avoid telling your exact location if possible. A little bit of privacy goes a long way. Most of us live fairly public lives, but your information is out there for people to find. It is very easy to do now.If you’d like to see how easy it is, start searching yourself sometime.You will be shocked by what you find & how easily you find it. I am talking your address phone number when you were married maybe even bank info…

The best advice I can give is don’t get SUPER close with anyone you meet on the internet. Trust your first instincts about people, they’re usually right. No need to be desperate for internet friends because there is an abundance to choose from. The beautiful thing online is that you can reach the world in your own way. Just a reminder to be careful nothing more… Justin

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9 Comments

  1. Posted March 3, 2012 at 3:59 am | Permalink

    I’d say trust your instincts but I’ve met up with around 450 people from online gaming and social media now. I actually met my husband online. Caution is wise and I’ll hold my hands up to not trusting easily or well, but you can meet some awesome people.

  2. Posted March 3, 2012 at 4:02 am | Permalink

    I’m with Jin-Shei. I too met my husband online, but I really don’t trust many people I meet online.

    • Posted March 3, 2012 at 4:08 am | Permalink

      I in 4 people start dating from online sources now it is a different world, but it has also created a new haven for those that exploit it those are who I fear.

  3. Posted March 3, 2012 at 4:02 am | Permalink

    Great advice Justin

  4. Posted March 3, 2012 at 4:07 am | Permalink

    Oh I have MANY friends online but in general I am correct we all know that. I may meet my wife from online. Just saying to use your brain more or less nothing more. Thx for your comments.

  5. Posted March 3, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Permalink

    Same advice that goes for anything in real life. That is the part that amazes me – people treating the online world any different. The rules of networking and social media are age old rules that just never change.

  6. Posted March 3, 2012 at 8:25 pm | Permalink

    It’s the term “friend” – now a verb! – that’s changed really. Just substitute acquitance or something. You’re all more like members of a club, or penpals in the old days.

    Not to say of course that true friendships do happen, rarely though. Mostly remote!