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Guidelines for Internet Safety

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These are safety guidelines to making the most of your chat experience.

1) Do NOT give your real name or 'real' email address to people in the chatroom. You can give hotmail addresses etc.

2) Please be extremely cautious before providing your real name, telephone number or address to someone. Never do it before you have known them for some considerable time.

3) NEVER give anybody in chat, MSN, Yahoo, etc. your passwords or credit card or bank details. EVER.

4) You are under no obligation to provide any information that you do not wish to. Please remember though that the chatroom works on the principle of mutual sharing. Others are made more comfortable by your sharing, and vice versa.

You should never be under pressure to provide details of your rape/assault/abuse. Please note: Chat is not generally an appropriate venue for sharing your story. Chat is a difficult medium for sharing things that require a lot of typing, because that isn't really a 'conversation'. In addition, stories told full out can be enormously triggering, and it can be difficult for people to keep themselves safe during them. Please post your story here.

5) It is a good idea to delete your entry from IM member directories. That allows you to choose who you chat to, more easily.

6) If you don't like the way a conversation in chat in going then please inform a moderator.

7) Please remember that while moderators and other members will be happy to help you, you are primarily responsible for keeping yourself safe in chat. If the subject matter is very triggering to you it may help to step away from the computer and calm down.

8) All survivors are very welcome in chat. It can take a little while to feel comfortable, but rest assured you are not intruding, a nuisance, or unheard. You will be a familiar face in chat in no time!

9)It's important to always ask about the emotional condition of the person you are chatting with. What's going on with them? Are they in a safe place to listen?

10)It's essential to recognize the boundaries that we all need to prioritize our own healing.

11)As much as we all benefit from helping each other, it's crucial that we all accept that our reason for being here is to heal ourselves and not to be offended if we find someone who can't be there. It's not that they don't want to, it's just they can't at that time.

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General guidelines on internet safety

Hello dear Pandora comrades!

Here are some tips to protect yourself from Internet identity theft and harassment. This is not a complete or exhaustive list, but these are very helpful ideas and suggestions. Do give them a thought.

Lastly, don't be paranoid, just careful. By doing even a few basic things, you put yourself beyond the abilities most hackers and trolls:

-Be very stingy with personal information. Be sure someone has a good reason to know before offering your data online.

-If someone malicious ever gets ahold of your email address, you may need to simply get a new address.

-If you have problems with viruses or with electronic harassment or stalking, get help from somebody qualified immediately (including technicians, university lab personnel, security and police). Complain loudly and often until you are again secure!

-Don't download software or open up email unless you know the sender and trust their security.

-Install computer virus protection. Keep it updated regularly.

-Use a password whenever possible, and make it longish (at least 8 characters long) using both letters and numbers. Don't use obvious passwords (like your dog's name). So, for example, instead of "Fido", try "71fiDO17".

-If you have roommates, don't let just anyone use your computer. You're responsible for what happens on your computer, especially if someone's been given your password.

-Check your browser preferences menu to see if it includes your name or email address. If it does, Web sites you visit may be able to extract this information. Delete it from your browser.

-Turn off your computer when not using it for more than a few hours, or overnight. Computers left on or with continuous Internet connection such as DSL (as opposed to dial-up modem service) are more vulnerable to hackers. A firewall can really help deter hackers.

-If you use a computer at a university computer lab or at a coffee, make sure you log out when you're done! Otherwise, it's like leaving your car unlocked and running.

-When you use a credit card to buy something online, don't check the box that offers to save your password or credit card number so you don't have to type it next time. Yes, it could save time, but it makes you vulnerable. By checking the box and saving it, the number is stored on a computer hard drive somewhere and it could be misused.

-Before sending sensitive information on the Internet, such as your credit card information, be sure the message is encrypted or scrambled. One way to determine this, is to check your browser for the Web site's address, which should have the letter "s", for secure, after the http. Or else look for a closed-padlock icon which, on Netscape, is found in the bottom left corner.

(Soures: Minneapolis Star Tribune, University of Minnesota Office of Information Technology, Time)

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