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Look Both Ways by Linda Criddle

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Protecting Yourself

I don’t advocate that you never post a picture or make use of a webcam. There are far too many positive uses of image and video sharing. What I do suggest is that, when you are in a forum where what you post is available to the public, you take the time to make sure you aren’t broadcasting visual information that can put you or your family at risk. Here’s what you can do to help protect yourself.

Make sure you study any image you post, e-mail, instant message, or send through your cell phone for the following types of clues to your identity and location:

  • Street address via a house number or street signs

  • Car model or car license plate

  • Your unaltered physical appearance that can be used to identify you (Your eye, your shoes, or your ...

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