Today many of us are leading 2 lives. There is our day-to-day routine and then there is our online lifestyle. An online lifestyle can consist of many different hobbies depending on what you enjoy and what kind of person you are. For example, I have a community of online friends I have never met. They all come from a game that I play regularly. Some people are part of discussion online discussions groups, and so on. The fact is there are a lot of people with what I like to call digital friends.
One of the problems with having digital friends is that you never really know who they are. There are a lot of people out there that use forums, interactive gaming, and discussion groups to befriend people, gain their trust, then defraud them.
Some of the horror stories out there are just people being stupid. I mean who lends someone they have never met $500 because they offered a sob story? Well, someone I know has done this.
Other people have been conned with the bank account trick. Hey, I have all this money but I cannot send it to my account so can I use your bank account, and I will give you 20%. You would be surprised how many people just hand over their bank details in the belief that there is no way this person can withdraw from your account.
When you have online friends, you do not need to be the soft and kind loving person you are to your ‘offline friends’ (seems like an appropriate description for your ‘physical friends’).
The relationship you have should be strictly within the realms of the interests that bought you together in the digital world. No money should be involved. You should not give away too much personal information about yourself either. For instance, I was asked what my full name and address was by someone have played a game with for over 5 years.
Even if this person was coming to visit me, I would have said I will meet them at the airport or ask them to let me know their hotel. I certainly would not give this person my address.
Since the mistake, my friend made lending money to someone he doesn’t know (whether he can afford it or not) and people asking for my name and address, I have decided to add a few security measures to the way I connect online. For a start, I always surf the net in incognito mode along with connecting to forums and other online resources using miglior VPN android software.
One of the reasons for this is there are too many requests from these websites asking to ‘accept cookies’ or ‘allow notifications’ or ‘download the app’ and so on. I really don’t like the idea of downloading some apps because I don’t know if there is any malicious code installed that could be used to access my system.
I do have a paid anti-virus software app that is on my smartphone, tablet, laptop, and PC, so I hope if I do download anything with malicious code this will spot it, but you can never be too sure. On top of this, as mentioned, I always use VPN gratis android software to cover my tracks when I am using online forums because you never know who could be using these forums to hack your connection.