Estranged lovers might use your pictures, create ghost profiles, add details which makes the profile look as if its original, and then post obscene pictures/scraps on the profile.
In a shocking case, a girl’s estranged boyfriend used her pictures,create her profile and posted obscene comments/pictures of her. Although the victim was caught and let go (with a mild warning), but has left a big scar on girl’s life.
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These cases are a signal of how social networking sites can become a nightmare (if you delve out too much about yourself).
So whats the way out? Few suggestions:
- Stop using sites which don’t have permission levels (i.e. your profile can be viewed by your contacts/or anybody in the world)
- Make sure that your e-profile isn’t a complete snapshot of yours (i.e. cannot be tracked down to your college/home address/phone number etc.)
- If you wish to share your pictures with friends, use photo sharing sites like Flickr (where you can set the access levels to private/public view etc.)
- Last but not the least – there are frustrated people out there and you can’t control their behavior. So, before adding somebody as a friend, make sure that you know the person.
Related: Protect your child from online abuse
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