Sunday, 10 May 2009

Be careful of yourself on the Net

Picture by glenn.mcknight taken from
"Be careful of your data" sounds as much as a stupid expression as it is so logic!! If you usually surf on the Net it isn't! The reason is that any person on the Net is potentially able to copy some pieces of information (yours) and use them without asking for. And you won't never know when, why and where they have been stolen.
Many people usually think "It won't never happen to me". What a shallowness!
Let's think on a financial point of view: have you ever bought using Ebay, Amazon, on others? Have you ever used Paypal?
And now on a personal one: do you have a blog, a website, a personal page? What do you usually write about youself (thoughts, opinions, simply about your life )?
If you try to answer carefully to these questions and your answers are often "Yes", well, your personal data are in danger! When you join in a website you give many of your personal data (full name, address, telephone number, and in case of ecommerce websites your credit card number, too). It's not easy to decide whether the site you're joining in is a safe one, but there are many clues if you want to feel 'serene':
1. keep your wits about you at all times (operate with caution and appropriate scepticism);
2. question why a Web site is asking for information about you;
3. never give any online security details to anyone unless it is completely necessary;
4. Look after your password (change your passwords regularly, avoid standard passwords and do not use the same password for every secure site you are registered with);
5. never click on links in emails;
6. keep up-to-date (keep your security software, such as anti-virus, up-to-date at all times);
7. remove the spies (check all files on your computer at least once a week using anti-spyware and adware applications);
8. keep your connection secure;
9. if it seems too good to be true, it probably is (don’t open emails or go to sites that claim you have won a prize. If an email looks suspicious and is unsolicited delete it and don’t open it);
10. know where to go for help should you be a victim of online identity theft (there are wide range of organisations and groups that people can turn to for advice). (Nik, 2006b) (1)
Moreover, I thought about my webpage. As I often post pictures of my nail works or my personal pictures, I decides to protect from 'copying and pasting' them anywhere, by writing my name or my website's URL on them (generally in the middle). If on one side I can solve the problem of stolen pictures, on the other side I cannot avoid information theft. Anyone can actually copy and paste my personal data (taken them from the profile). As this problem has not been solved yet, I cannot think that Internet has to be closed or something like that. The problem is not the existence of Internet, the real problem is how people use it. I think information about pros and cons is a good solution, but an important change has to be made on people's minds!
And you? What do you think?
Have a nice evening,
(1) Nik. (2006b, February 14). What can users do to protect their online identity? Message posted to retrieved May 6, 2009


  1. Hello Martina!!!
    I really liked the questions you asked us and my answer is yes! So I should worry about my personal data! :-(
    I always try to pay attention to what I do on the Internet and I think the websites we found about online identity theft will help me to be even more careful.

    As for the language, I noticed you have some problems with prepositions: I have them too so I always focus my attention on prepositions!
    * "surf on the Net" : "surf the Net"
    * "Let's think on a financial point of view" : I'd write "from a financial point of view"
    Finally in this sentence "have you ever bought something using Ebay, Amazon, on others?" I'd write "have you ever bought something using...?"

    See u in class,

  2. Hello Martina!

    I think we came across with a thorny subject this week. However, it was really useful for me since it gave me the possibility of thinking carefully about the problems of identity theft and privacy. They are things I never thought about before!
    I liked the way you wrote the post, it is persuasive and engaging.

    Reading your post I have some doubts about some things.
    • I’d use “won’t ever” and not “won’t never”. ‘Ever’ is used in negative and interrogative sentences.
    • You started the last paragraph with the conjunct “moreover”. However, I don’t think it’s right to start a new paragraph with a conjunct. I’d write: ‘Thinking about my webpage…’.
    • There are two absent-minded mistakes: you wrote “I decides” instead of ‘I decided’ I suppose (in the last paragraph), and “youself” instead of ‘yourself’ in the second paragraph.


  3. Dear Martina,
    you gave some very useful advices on security of web sites and I agree with you when you say that the real problem is how people use Internet.
    Anyway, as most of your post has been already corrected, I've a little doubt about the very beginning of what you wrote:
    "The reason is that any person on the", I would write: this is because or this happens because..
    See you soon
    Bye Arianna