#makeITsafePH – When you go to Google and search for the meaning of stalking, you’ll get “pursue or approach stealthily.” Way back, before social media platforms were a thing, stalkers would have to wait for you to go out of your office or your house, then stalk you. Today, with the advent of social media, it’s as easy as sliding one’s thumb on a smartphone screen. I talk about this because I recently had the scare of a lifetime. If we’re friends on Facebook, then you definitely know that my Facebook account almost got hacked.
The Unfortunate Events That Lead To Almost Losing My Facebook Account
A couple of days ago, I was at my sister’s house. We were doing the inventory of our stocks from our small business. Suddenly, my phone beeped. I read the message and it was one of my younger cousins asking me to lend her my email password because she wanted to use Google Drive for her project. Busy, concentrating on counting our stocks accurately, I gave it to her without hesitating. She replied, “Thanks mea,” and I thought nothing of it.
What Does This Have To Do With Stalking?
The experience I just told you guys is more of hacking, so what does this have to do with stalking? Great question. I want everyone to know that threats are out there. I have my social media platforms set to “public” because I am a blogger, and I do want to put myself out there. But, my cousin is just an ordinary young professional just like you. I know that she got stalked online because the hacker grabbed all of her photos and imitated the way she chatted with her friends. Of course, the hacker wanted to appear as my cousin. So, every move, like, comment, sentence construction, was studied to make it seem that way.
#makeITsafePH: Protecting Yourself And Your Teens From Online Stalking
This is the very reason why we need more online safety campaigns like Globe’s #makeITsafePH. Continuously, we need information on different ways on how we can keep ourselves and our children safe as we surf the internet or enjoy the perks that social media brings. You can start with the following #makeITsafePH tips:
- Only accept requests from people you’ve met offline.
- Block those that behave suspiciously.
- Limit the people who can view your posts (only friends and family).
- Change your password every 30 or so days.
- Don’t reveal your specific address or do Facebook Check-ins to places that are not crowded.
- Don’t click on any links sent via social media messengers.
- Do not engage in conversation with someone who you just met through Facebook chat.
For teens, you need to monitor their activity if they have Facebook. Check their messages and always inform them about the possible dangers of being stalked online. Educate them on what to watch out for and what to do when they think that they are being cyberstalked.
What is the #makeITsafePH Campaign?
“As a purveyor of the digital lifestyle, Globe Telecom takes it upon itself to ensure that society as a whole remains safe from numerous threats facing anyone using the internet—from viruses, Trojan, and Ransomware that put multi-million-peso businesses at risk, hacking attempts for illicit purposes, and cases of cyberbullying to name a few.”
The #makeITsafePh campaign is just what we need. Several bloggers, including myself, have jumped on the bandwagon to give you guys the necessary information that will safeguard your and your children’s presence online. If you go to Google and simply search for #makeITsafePh, you will find all the resources you need.