Internet Safety

@DCMerkle (1281)
United States
January 8, 2009 10:51pm CST
Maybe I'm from the old school of internet safety, but I've noticed lately, because of web cams, that a lot of people are using pics of themselves as avatars. Maybe I should step up to the plate, but if we aren't supposed to give out our real names, address, phone or cell number, then why would you want others to know what you looked like? I like using images. It a fun way to display your alter egos. DCMerkle
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10 responses
• United States
9 Jan 09
Darn, now you got me worried. Do you think I should change mine?
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@DCMerkle (1281)
• United States
9 Jan 09
KatitDidit, Change it only if you think that this topic has some merit. Anyway, avatars are fun! DCMerkle
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• United States
9 Jan 09
I do really think your discussion has merrit. And the girl with the parrisol is an avitar. I liked her because she seems fun and a little mysterious.
@DCMerkle (1281)
• United States
12 Jan 09
KatieDidit, I'm sorry, but I didn't realize that was an avatar. Even thoughthe subject is in the shadow, I thought it was of you...lol Nice choice. DCMerkle
9 Jan 09
I think unlike our actual personal details name, phone, address etc, a picture is simply a time framed snapshot. I reckon someone would have a hard time finding you just using your picture (unless they are police with database and you are a criminal hehe).
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@DCMerkle (1281)
• United States
12 Jan 09
matthammer, In today's world, I could't imagine why anyone would want to have a real pic of yourself. I'm just concerned that as it has been pointed out further down in this discussion, that the pic could be used by someone else fur identity theft. DCMerkle
@amitksing (1324)
• India
9 Jan 09
See, it depends from person to person. I dont believe in hiding my identity on the internet (but only to an extent). So, I use my photographs at most of the places (havent used it here on mylot though). I have no issues till I am doing nothing wrong.
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@DCMerkle (1281)
• United States
9 Jan 09
amitksing, If you feel comfortable with it then good for you. Like I said to a previous poster, I'm only thinking about the teens. DCMerkle
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@mogutou (24)
• United States
9 Jan 09
I don't think it really matters that you put up a real picture of you on the internet. If you are lucky putting up a pic will help people that know you real life find you easier. As long as you don't give out info like your credit card number online you should be fine.
@DCMerkle (1281)
• United States
9 Jan 09
I'm not too concerned about myself, but I'm thinking about the children that think it's cool to do. Teenage girls are primed to be stalked that way. How many weirdos out there make their judgement on a picture? A picture of a young teen girl just makes it easier for the weirdo to zero in on them. DCMerkle
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• United States
9 Jan 09
I use my Yahoo! avatar because I always think, "Wow, I look smokin' hot today, let's take a picture!" but no matter what the pictures always come out looking *blah* and I hate showing them to other people.
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@DCMerkle (1281)
• United States
9 Jan 09
crimsonladybug, I hide pictures of myself from myself. My daughter wants to get an updated pic of the family and I just can't make myself do it. DCMerkle
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@saundyl (9698)
• Canada
9 Jan 09
I like to use cute photos of things...cool objects, pets, scenery but unless its msn which is one i use with friends and family i know irl i dont use photos of myself as an avatar. It just seems to me like its just asking to be stalked...or something. I dont give out my full name or my phone numbers..and try not to mention where i live cause honestly...i'd be pretty easy to find in the size of town i live in.
@DCMerkle (1281)
• United States
9 Jan 09
saundyl, That's exactly why I don't use a pic of myself. It's just asking to be stalked. I only use site secure places if I am going to buy something off the internet and my bank. None of my personal info do I give out at all, for any reason to anyone off the net. I use avatar images. There are millions of them out there to choose from. I can find one for any mood I'm in and any holiday. I think the web cams are nice if you are connected to friends or family, but not to chat with someone that you have met off the net. DCMerkle
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@saundyl (9698)
• Canada
9 Jan 09
I've met a couple people off the net but they are people that friends knew as well or had already met AND i've known them for ages.
@AbbeyB (670)
• Spain
20 Jan 09
That is a very good point, I think the funny avatars are fun and show people what mood you are in, the nternet still enables us to hide a little bit and sometimes that is god.
@DCMerkle (1281)
• United States
20 Jan 09
AbbeyB I've always likes using avatars. I like the mysterious side that I can display or maybe the serious side. Changing your avatar is like changing your clothes, it can be real funn at times. DCMerkle
@ersmommy1 (12605)
• United States
13 Jan 09
You have a good point. My children are my avatar. They are not grown, so I feel somewhat safe using them as my avatar. I started because my daughter got a kick out of seeing herself when she looked up.
@DCMerkle (1281)
• United States
20 Jan 09
ersmommy1 I know children do like seeing themselves and it's cool to do so, if it doesn't risk their identity. I found a tip, a common sense thing really, but the tip was that in order to keep your children safe was to not use their names on things like name plates on bikes, t-shirts, notebooks, lunchboxes, hats, just things that we think is cute. It would be like putting our social security number out there for all to see. DCMerkle
@inuceres (342)
• Philippines
10 Jan 09
they say that internet is not safely they used them to track your identity to scam you and become criminal,..
@DCMerkle (1281)
• United States
12 Jan 09
inuceres, you're right on all points. DCMerkle
@GAUCI123 (1042)
• Malta
9 Jan 09
I think it is true that using your photo cannot be safe. Maybe someone will copy your photo and the make a photomontage and resend it on the net, noone would like that for sure. I use pictures too as an aviator, it is more safe. The worst think for me is to put pictures of your children, for me it is very dangerous.
@DCMerkle (1281)
• United States
12 Jan 09
GAUCI123, Good point! Why would any parent teach their children not to give out their names to strangers and take their children's pic and put it on the net? That just doesn't make sense. DCMerkle