Internet Safety!

Saturday, March 06, 2010

My 11 year old granddaughter now has her own laptop and email account. I sent her an email on Internet Safety, and it occurred to me that EVERYONE could use a reminder on that subject.

Working so many years in the criminal justice system has made me always see a darker side, I suppose, or maybe it's just made me more aware of reality, hmmm?

Anyway, there are two major things you should be aware of when sending emails. (Fortunately, you don't have to worry about either of them if you use SparkMail!)

Hopefully, your email address does NOT contain your FULL NAME. Even if it doesn't, your full name may well show up on all the emails you send, IF you have it in your computer! Usually when you first set up a computer, there is a place where you enter your name. THAT name is going to show up when you least expect it. I always use Karen L. and that's how my name shows up on emails I send.

NEVER give your FULL NAME away unless you are at a secure site such as a banking site or a shopping site. Those places will show a small lock in the address bar to show they are secure.

So check with your friends, or send yourself an email to another account and see if it has your full name on it. If so, do some investigating into your PC and change it!

Go to CONTROL PANEL, USER ACCOUNTS, CHANGE AN ACCOUNT, click on your name, and there's an option to CHANGE MY NAME. Use the initial of your last name, instead of your full name.

FORWARDS. Here is where most people overlook what they are really doing when they forward something to all their friends. They are sending all the email addresses on that forward out to the whole wide world! You send a forward to 10 people, who send it on to 10 more, and on and on an on. Eventually your email address is spread over the world and you'll be getting more SPAM down the road.

Sooner or later you'll get some with a virus attached. Or you'll get some emails you'd really rather not read. Once someone took my email address and used it to send spam. So all the poor spammed people thought it came from ME! My internet provider shut me down for sending tons of email spam! Took a while to figure it out and get it fixed.

So, when you SEND A FORWARD, before you HIT SEND, look at the top of the message part and you'll see all the email addresses it's already been sent to. DELETE THEM before you send your forward. You'll be doing everyone a big favor, protecting your friends, and NOT helping spammers and untold other crooks out there just waiting for more victims!

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  • GABY1948
    Thanks so much for posting this, Karen. I already do these things but it irritates me so much when someone I send to sends out to a "group" email and I see my email on there (if I sent it to them first and they just forward it back out) and I have stopped sending emails at all to those people.
    2937 days ago
    I agree. I have my name listed as Sharon Serenity, never do I use my real last name, I also do not just forward emails, and I have asked all my contacts not to forward me emails. Instead I offered something similiar to your suggestion.

    When you want to forward an email, copy the portion you want to send, eliminating all the previous email addresses. Then send a message to your own account, and bcc all the contacts you want to send to. Then simply paste the message and send. No one knows who else got the message, no danger of anyone getting all your friends/contacts/family emails.

    Thanks for the tip, but I guess I think like you do. After opening an attachment a live "friend" sent me back in 2000, my computer crashed. I lost a lot of things from that, and now I don't open anything from anyone I don't know and I will not open any attachment unless I first scan it for a virus. Sharon
    2938 days ago
    Thanks! I was just attacked by a virus that attached itself to my address book and sent out sexy e-mails to everyone on that list. It was very embarrassing since most of those on the list were church people.
    2938 days ago
    Such a great idea to remind people about this. Thanks!!!
    2939 days ago
    Thanks for sharing this advice. I'm going to check out my computer ASAP.
    2939 days ago
    Thanks Karen! I did not know about the name and your blog sent me to check all my e mail buddies. Virtually every one, including me, show full names! I will certainly forward your message on.

    2939 days ago
    Great Advice Karen. Thanks so much. I don't think many people know about all this. I don't know much about computers myself, but I am learning. You are emoticon .
    Hope you granddaughter enjoys her computer.
    2939 days ago
    Good ideas....
    2939 days ago
    Thank you and I already practice them. Have a great weekend. PJ
    2939 days ago
    Thanks a lot...I am not too computer smart, so this advice is good.
    2939 days ago
    2939 days ago
    Thanks for the good inf...will pass it along to family and friends
    2939 days ago
  • LIS193
    Thank you for sharing this.
    Hope you granddaughter enjoys her computer :)
    2939 days ago
  • MOGAL1946
    Great advice & I've passed on to my granddaughter. emoticon
    2939 days ago
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