Instant Messaging

Instant Messaging is a great way to stay in touch with friends. However chat programs come with a lot of potential dangers that you should be aware of before you start.

  • People aren't always who they say they are
  • People are persuasive; don't be convinced to download anything from a "kind" stranger
  • Conversations can be saved and held against you in the real world. Behave as you would in the real world when you're online
How to Instant Message safely:
  • Never give out passwords, credit card details or personal information
  • Block strangers
  • Leave your online profile blank or where you have to enter data to use the system, do not enter information that allows you to be identified personally
  • Disable automatic downloads
  • Be very wary about sharing any personal info about your life to a stranger
  • Keep your Instant Messaging software up-to-date

For Virus and Spyware protection, Madasafish recommends:

For antivirus software for Windows PC users, Madasafish recommends BullGuard Security

For antivirus software for Mac users, Madasafish recommends Intego


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