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How to Stay Safe on MySpace

Oct 13, 2007
With everyone rushing towards the biggest social networking site around, MySpace how can you make sure you stay safe? After all, internet predators lurk everywhere, but what is the fun in hiding behind your monitor never meeting new people? There is none, with everything there is to do online; hiding behind that virtual brick wall even on MySpace is no fun.

Tip 1. Set your profile to private if you are very worried about a predator. This is the best way to avoid them; however, it also makes it hard for you to meet new people.

Tip 2. Never give out specific information to people you do not know on MySpace. If someone sends you a message asking your name, address or phone number do not give it out. Never give any identifiable information like this because it is very dangerous.

Tip 3. It is very dangerous to post private information onto your MySpace page. This means no posting your phone number, full name, or address. Definitely do not ever post your bank account information, credit card information, or social security number. You must guard your personal information in order to be the safest possible.

Tip 4. Set your profile so that you must approve all messages left on your page. This will allow you to reject messages that are inappropriate, as well as delete any SPAM before it ever publishes to your page.

Tip 5. If someone is harassing you then report it immediately to the MySpace staff. Never let the harassment go.

Tip 6. If someone has stolen your identity, notify MySpace immediately. Their general policy is that you must send them a picture, with you holding your ID, as well as your name written onto a piece of paper. Once they verify you are who you say you are, the other profile is deleted. This is to ensure someone does not have a profile deleted which is not theirs, or claiming to be theirs.

Tip 7. Never give out your password to your MySpace profile. This is a very bad idea, no matter how much you trust the other person.

Tip 8. Always check out the profile page of someone who has sent you a friend request. If the page looks like SPAM, then deny the request. Those who are looking to SPAM are trouble, and will likely make your profile page look like an advertising for their product. Save the hassle and headache and deny the request.

With these simple tips, your experience on MySpace will be much safer. The most popular social networking site on the internet can be fun; with some precautions it can also be very safe and enjoyable for everyone.
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