The internet is a useful tool and a place that is full of entertainment. However, it is also full of risks. With knowledge, it is easy to avoid traps and risks from people who mean you harm.
- Do not give out personal information: It is generally a bad idea to give out personal information such as email, phone numbers, work contact info, and addresses. There are even some websites where, depending on what you blog, providing your name, picture, and workplace can be risky.
- When organizing meet-ups, meet in a public place: In this digital age, it is common to meet-up with people online in the “real-world.” However, this can be risky. Often people lie about who they are on the internet.
- Be careful about scams: On the internet, there are many people who want to take your money and your personal information. There are several ways to protect yourself from this. If an offer online sounds too good to be true it probably is. Unsolicited emails that ask you to wire money are scams. Fake versions of popular websites are scams, check to make sure there are no typos in the url bar.
- False information is abundant: There are a lot of hoaxes and misleading information that are spread throughout the internet. Most of these are just silly things were the worst thing that can happen to you is that you end up looking silly for believing. However, there are some awful people who spread false information for the specific purpose of seriously injuring someone. Here is some information to avoid getting hurt. Mixing ammonia and bleach produces chlorine gas, mixing bleach and isopropyl alcohol will produce an explosion. It’s probably a bad idea to trust most recipes or life hacks that originate from 4chan, as they have been known to post false tips and instructions that damage electronics and hurt people.