Sunday, November 19, 2017

Protect Your Friends ~ Finding Your Friends Safe Is A Good Thing!

God Save Me From My Friends ~~
I Can Protect Myself From My Enemies!

~~Proverbs Quote

imagesNot that it isn’t important to protect your friends in the offline world too, but in the online world it is especially important to protect your friends.

Finding your friends safe when the dust settles is the most important thing that you can do for your friends to show you care about them.

I know there is a lot of talk nowadays about the fear that spreads through parents when thinking about their children being online.

Bogus chat rooms are everywhere. One time when my daughter was online chatting with someone who asked her for her phone number and address. I was so glad she told me about it.

I simply told her that the nice girl she thought she was making friends with could be anyone. When I told her it could be a 50 year old man that preyed on little girls I think she changed her mind about chatting with just anyone.

Even though keeping your kids safe online is really important, that’s not what I’m talking about when I say you must protect your friends at all costs on the Internet.

Two things come to mind here, that will result in finding your friends safe, and taking these measures to protect your friends is so important in the online world of social networking.

I’m going to talk about just two scenarios here. The first:

EMAIL FORWARDING

imagesI’m pretty sure you know what I’m talking about here, and chances are good that you’ve never had this come to mind.

You know how you get a funny email that you just have to forward on? I know you all know exactly what I’m talking about !!

Or more importantly, you know how you get the email from a friend and you have to scroll for ten minutes before you get to the meat of the email?

Internet predators are EVERYWHERE. Everyone wants their share of the pie, but unfortunately some are not willing to do what it takes to profit from the world wide web.

Everyone wants a quick and easy way to fortunes, and when the wrong kind of person receives an email with sometimes hundreds of forwards on it, they’re like a kids in a candy store and all those unprotected emails are ripe for the taking. Those emails can all be plucked out of there as easy as picking grapes off the stems and used for all kinds of spam projects.

So the rule here is this:

Rule No. 1: NEVER, EVER forward an email to anyone without first scrubbing all the email addresses off the top.

It only takes a minute and it will protect your friends from spammers and undesirable people on the Internet.

OK, Now on to Rule No. 2……

SHARING YOUR FACEBOOK FRIENDS WITH THE WORLD

imagesBasically, the rule here is “Just Don’t Do It!” (Kind of like Nike, but not!)

Think about it. You have someone visit your Facebook page and they see that you have close to 5,000 friends. What’s a really quick and easy way to find a lot of people that could potentially think they know you because they have yours truly as a friend in common.

They will still see the friends that you have mutually in common, but they won’t see all your family and friends that they don’t have a clue who they are.

There are ways of changing your settings so your friends don’t show up on your Facebook page, only your mutual friends.

So, Rule No. 2 is, you got it:

Rule No. 2: Hide your friends from everyone except those who are mutual.

Watch for a video shortly on how to exclude your friends from your Facebook page, but for now you can just go to YouTube and search it. There are plenty of videos out there with instructions.

Well, there you have it. Two tips to Protect Your Friends from being taken advantage of on the Internet.

Let’s all try to make this a better place to play!!

As always, thanks for visiting my blog!

Until Next Time,

Exceed Your Expectations!

Comments

28 Responses to “Protect Your Friends ~ Finding Your Friends Safe Is A Good Thing!”
  1. Kathy Jodrey says:

    Deb,

    You’re absolutely right, many of us make it much too easy for others to pillage the personal information of our friends and business acquaintances. The bcc rule is pretty well known but it seems that a great majority of people haven’t considered the consequences of listing all of their Facebook contacts for the world to see. In fact, I have attended training sessions that teach online marketers to send friend requests to friends of people they follow, in an attempt to create a larger friends group.

    Bottom line here, we must be diligent in our efforts to keep the private information of our friends private, regardless of the medium we’re using. Thanks for the reminder!
    .-= Kathy Jodrey´s last blog ..Laughter Is The Best Medicine =-.

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  2. This is a perfect example why my mom will not get on and use FB. She is “old school” but is a little over cautious when it comes to online identity theft, etc. I definitely think there are “bad people” online spamming, taking information, etc., that they should be. It’s too bad.

    Mike
    .-= Mike Pedersen´s last blog ..What’s Your Brand Say About Your Business =-.

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  3. Great post Debbie! It blows my mind the amount of people who still don’t even put everyone in the bcc line when they decide to spam me.

    These are two great tips on easy way to keep your list from leaving you. Great info and thanks for sharing!
    .-= Joe Malinowski´s last blog ..Stop Masturbating with Social Networking in your Business =-.

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  4. Debbie,

    Excellent points brought up , especially about the facebook friends, never would have thought of that, going to make the change in my profile right now.. Have an Awesome Weekend!
    .-= Chris Bernardo´s last blog ..How I get over 10-000 Visitors for FREE =-.

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  5. Debbie, thank you for that important information. Adults as well as children need to be aware of the dangers lurking online. It pays to be diligent about these things and not take chances.

    Jill

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  6. I don’t think I’ve seen to many people’s profile who have blocked their friends list. I haven’t really had a problem with people targeting my friends. Maybe I should take a closer look at it.
    As far as rule number 1 goes, I rarely forward these kinds of emails. If they are something that I want to share, I always clean up all of the previous email addresses. Interesting post Debbie.

    Wendy
    .-= Wendy Hewlett´s last blog ..Focus of Average People vs Successful People =-.

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  7. Howie Perks says:

    Hey Debbie,

    These are 2 great tips to make sure not to make it easy for the scum of the Earth to do what they do.

    It’s a sham that there are so many people out their with no ethics or integrity. We all need to be smart on how to go about navigating the internet and pass on those ways to our friends to help protect them.

    Thanks!

    In Success,
    Howie Perks
    .-= Howie Perks´s last blog ..Magic Submitter Reviewed – How Magic is It Really =-.

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  8. Vanessa says:

    Hi Debbie,

    I get so many of these emails forwarded to me with everyone elses email addresses in there. I hadn’t considered the implications of people using these for negative purposes. Will bear this in mind for the future!
    .-= Vanessa´s last blog ..Join Our Facebook Group! =-.

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    Debbie Reply:

    It really annoys me when I get a joke forwarded to me and it contains HUNDREDS of email addresses. Oh, the spam I could create. Not to mention it just looks bad. I hope everyone will think about this when forwarding emails.

    Also, take the Re: out of the regarding line. That’s a dead give away that it’s forwarded!

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  9. Debbie,
    Thanks for some great tips on protecting our friends and families from Internet intrusion. I have always followed your first thought, of scrubbing the forwarding list, though to be honest, I’m sure I’ve taken advantage of those who didn’t in the past (probably ten years ago) when first trying to build a list. Not the best strategy, though back then we didn’t have double optin, etc. The second tip is new to me and I’ll definitely look into it.
    Thanks again,
    adam
    .-= Dr. Adam Sheck´s last blog ..How To Share Your Fantasies With Your Partner =-.

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  10. Hey Deb, This is by far one most important posts I’ve seen today! I never thought about it that way, hiding your friends list on facebook to protect them from internet abuse. Thank you so much for sharing that and I look forward to your future posts.
    .-= Terell Kissendal´s last blog ..How Blogging Makes More Money For Your Business =-.

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    Debbie Reply:

    Thanks for your comments Terrell! I appreciate it.

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  11. Kebabope says:

    Hi Debbie,
    With the internet making this a small world,”Everyone is a friend, until they prove otherwise.” but just like you pointed out here, it is critical that one takes necessary steps to protect those who are close to them with the rules above.I think your tips are well justified.Thanks for sharing.

    To your unlimited potential,
    Kebabope Morapedi
    .-= Kebabope´s last blog ..What Every Business Needs =-.

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  12. What a concept that should be followed. Gosh, Debbie. How true this is. I look forward to the tutorial on how to exclude your friends from your FB page.
    .-= Patrick McIntosh´s last blog ..Sierra At Tahoe Skiing And Snowboarding -People You Can Learn From =-.

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  13. Benny Howe says:

    Hey Debbie,

    Great post, although I was wondering where it was going to begin with! Valid points though for us all to think about. Personally I don’t forward emails but I’m going to change my settings on FB right now!

    Thanks again!
    .-= Benny Howe´s last blog ..Grand Theft Fiscal =-.

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    Debbie Reply:

    Thanks Benny, I don’t forward emails much either, but if I get a good one that I want to forward I always scrub it first.

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  14. Great advise about scrubbing forwards. I will do that from now on.
    .-= Gary Young- China Sourcing´s last blog ..Links for 2010-11-25 delicious =-.

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  15. Great post Debbie!. Thank you for your efforts in trying to keep our online friends safe. Please continue to keep us informed. :)

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    Debbie Reply:

    Thanks Jorge, will do!!!

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  16. Angel Taylor says:

    That’s a really great point about hiding your facebook friends, and I honestly hadn’t thought of it that way. I think I’ll go and play around with my settings now.

    Thanks!

    Angel Taylor

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    Debbie Reply:

    It didn’t make sense until I heard about it on a call and heard the explanation. I think it’s important especially if you have a lot of friends. Need to protect them also. Thanks for your comment Angel. Hope all is well with you. :)

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  17. Matt Geib says:

    Hello Debbie:

    Good useful information! I had already learned about ‘scrubbing forwards’…However the ‘Facebook’ tip is one I am not aware of, I will go & work on this today:-)

    Take Care
    Matt Geib

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    Debbie Reply:

    I wasn’t aware of it either Matt, and I heard it on a call. Made perfect sense to me and it really stops all the comments of people asking why you have so many friends :)

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  18. Thanks for the pointers, Debbie. You would think that especially your first one is common sense, wouldn’t you? But it’s surprising how many people forward the email with all of the sender’s addresses intact as well as their own friends’ addresses.

    Willena Flewelling

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    Debbie Reply:

    I know, it amazes me. For one, I just hate the way it looks. So sloppy :) Thanks for your comment. Much appreciated.

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  19. Excellent thanks for giving us great food for thought!
    .-= Billy Mitchell´s last blog ..Words Have Power!! =-.

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  20. Thanks for writing such a great post it is always a good idea to do what you wrote about to protect your friends online

    thanks

    Brian Beckman

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    Debbie Reply:

    Yes, it’s really important! Thanks for your comment and for visiting Brian.

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