Privacy and Social Networking Sites

Many people use social networking sites without thinking about their privacy. However, your privacy can be seriously compromised when you use social networking sites if you are not careful. Here are some things that you can do in order to improve your privacy when you use social networking sites. One of the best ways to improve your privacy when you use social networking sites is to use disposable email addresses.

Online privacy is an enormous concern right now, and it has become more and more of a concern in the last few years as online identity thieves have become better and better at what they do. The different securities that you can buy for your computer are always a little bit behind the technology that online identity thieves use to steal your identity and then destroy your life, particularly your finances. There are a number of simple things that each individual can do in order to protect themselves, but unfortunately, most people are really careless about how they act online, figuring that the Internet itself is anonymous enough. Well, it most definitely is not anonymous enough, and everybody needs to look carefully at what they are doing to protect their identity and to protect their privacy, and then work on improving their protection even more.

Many people don’t really know too much about disposable email addresses and how they can help you improve your privacy and protect your identity whenever you are dealing with things online. So how exactly do disposable email addresses work and how can they protect your privacy? Well, a disposable email address is basically a different email address that you have for each one of your contacts. Then if one of your contacts sells your email address to spammers or phishers or otherwise compromises your privacy and acts unscrupulously, then you can simply delete that particular email and you will never have to deal with that particular contact again, if you don’t want to.

You can manage your disposable email addresses so that they forward directly to your real email account. If you are suspicious of one of your contacts, you can have those emails sent directly to your trash. Other contacts you can have sent directly to your real email address’ inbox. Having a disposable email address system set up is a fantastic way to make sure that when you participate in online wikis, chat rooms, forums, bulletin boards, or file sharing services, your real identity is never disclosed and it is never sold to anybody.

Of course, you will want to make sure that you use your disposable email address on a web site that will actually accept disposable email addresses. The danger with disposable email addresses is the same as their benefit: nobody can get a hold of your identity. Because of this protection of privacy, a lot of trolls and other people who are undesirable on web sites or forums or wikis will get disposable email addresses so that they can bypass security systems, or so that they can sign up on a chat room where they have already been banned, and so on and so forth. Because of this potential abuse of disposable email addresses, there are a number of different web sites and web site moderators who will not allow people to join their web site if they are using a disposable email address.

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Feldman, Barbara. "Privacy and Social Networking Sites." Surfnetkids. Feldman Publishing. 3 Jun. 2008. Web. 3 Sep. 2015. < >.

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