Protecting your information on the net

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  1. ypperin

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    Greetings Cosmonauts!

    I have been asked several times for tips on how to be even more safe on the internet so I figured I would take the time to put together some useful tips and tricks to better help you protect yourself.

    In a situation where you feel you are being attacked it's always a good idea to reflect on some of the choices you have made and information you have chosen to volunteer.

    Remember that these are just basic tips and suggestions.

    1. Protect your Minecraft Account - That's right you are responsible for the actions taken by your minecraft account and the security of it. Here are some three great tips for you.
    • Don't use predictable passwords
    • Change your password often
    • Don't give out your email or password
    2. Protect your ***** - There are ways of resolving your information from *****. Take the time to go through some basic steps to protect yourself:
    • Security Settings:
      • Keep your ***** from being easily resolved with the check of a box
        1. Go to Tools
        2. Click Options
        3. Click Advanced
        4. Click Connections
        5. Check "Allow direct connections to your contacts only."
        6. Click Save
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    • Don't ***** with just anyone - yes I know that people can share your information and most people's names are easy enough to figure out, but take the time to be selective in who you share your ***** info with
    • Don't include personal information in your ***** profile (or create a public profile with false information)
    • Don't have ***** on your mobile devices UNLESS you disallow your mobile device to connect to your home wifi.
    3. Don't click links that aren't directly sent by a trusted source - Seriously speaking if someone is posting a link in chat, don't click it! It can lead to phishing sites that can obtain your information. Remember if it says "Free" someone's paying for it, don't let it be your digital security!

    4. Don't visit strange servers (especially without a VPN) - If someone is advertising a "new" server that you don't know, just logging in to their server can provide them with your IP address. Be choosy in where you play!

    5. Don't join private Team Speak Servers - Team speak servers allow the owner to see your IP (unless you are behind a VPN). Based on their security settings they may also allow regular users to find your IP as well. Use extreme caution when vising / using any VOIP product.

    6. Consider a VPN - A VPN is a virtual private network. Sometimes they cost a small fee (remember that free ones can be questionable so do your research). VPN's make it so that any site you are going to or any server you are going to gives a different IP address than what is really yours. This means that if someone were to try to "hit you off" they would only hit your VPN and you can easily redirect through another in your VPN settings.

    7. Don't post pictures of yourself, your family, your friends, your school, your town - People can learn alot about you from what seems like harmless conversation. Google can be very powerful. Take the time to be careful about who you share information with and how much information you share.

    8. Set your social media profile and information to private or be very careful in what you choose to upload - Most people don't even consider Facebook, snapchat, imgur, photobucket, twitter or the like. A determined person can easily search your name or ign and filter through to figure out which one is yours. Take the time to set it to private so only those trusted enough can view it.

    9. Don't share / download files from another person - no really, that's where viruses hide! Don't accept file transfers on ***** or other forms of file transfers from anyone you don't trust completely, you are leaving yourself open and vulnerable.

    10. Use a decent antivirus / antimalware software - This is a given but I can't leave it out!

    11. If you think you are being attacked some things that you can do:
    • Unplug your modem / router
    • Restart your computer
    • If you feel that you are being attacked regularly look at means to change your IP address.
     
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    Thank you :p I'm safe now
     
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    Thank you!!!! Great post!

    I'm in the forums "safezone" now >;D
     
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    Thank you so much for putting your time and effort into this thread! I personally don't have a VPN and can't afford one. So I'll be extra careful now :)
     
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    Nice thread and really helpful tips for people who are having problems with ddos and stuff like that!
     
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    Cool post, hopefully helps out the people who are unaware of how dangerous parts of the internet is.
     
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    Well Said :>
     
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    Thx so much ya saved meeee!
     
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    Great guide, hoping not to be attacked :D
     
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    Thank you <3 the protection and care is real :). Good for any new planets unaware people on there Internet/Minecraft life protection.
     
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    Thank you for the useful information! Knowing we have a manager who actually cares about our safety really means a lot to all of us! ;)
     
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    Hmm some of these things where comon knolidge but its really usefull to!
     
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    Great advice for people that don't know :)
     
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    For those that don't know, if it says username and password don't out it in its a scam.
     
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