Internet Safety and Social Network Safety For the Entertainment and On-line Community

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☆ Take care of what you choose to mention on-line: you don’t know your friend’s friend;  and that gets even worse if you have thousands of followers on twitter, who each may in turn have many followers for example. But that is the nature of a social network. [ ref: http://vancouver.ca/police/crime-prevention/for-individuals/social-networking-internet-safety.html accessed 2012 ]

☆ Can your tweet, post, or content be used by someone who is involved in a criminal activity? [ ref: http://vancouver.ca/police/crime-prevention/for-individuals/social-networking-internet-safety.html accessed 2012 ]

☆ Internet and Social Network Safety: http://pear.ly/QRxn

Some information about you and the people on the Internet can be quiet interesting to look at: ☆ A real-time, live, global map of tweets: http://bit.ly/hXdGZv and a world time zone link is included.

This is one way to check out how good or risky a new social networks is through using different ways of thinking about them: ☆ The Six Thinking Hats: http://bit.ly/hbePPW, http://pear.ly/QNp9.

However there may be many things you do not know about the Internet: ☆ Data Aggregators: Stealthy background programs that spy & keep an eye on you: http://bit.ly/jRCedr, http://pear.ly/R9MX.

Introduction

Internet Safety and Social Network Safety for Musicians, Entertainers, Dancers, Information Providers, Promoters, Media Producers, Poets, Authors, Vocaloid Producers, Cosplay, Entertainment and the On-line Community.

Some courses in Japan, that train people to make music, dance and songs using Vocaloids and MMD for example also include promotional methods to get the media out there to the public. It is quite possible such courses will include Internet safety as part of the lessons.

What things should you reveal to the public

Social networks like Google + has engineered some protection into their social networks by allowing you to choose who gets a message–that will be discussed later.

  • Cyber-Bully: amazingly these people don’t only annoy your kids, they will attack you. Most social networks are engineered to discourage such behavior. If a person has nearly no followers, there may be a good reason–think about it. In Twitter you can read the information about those who follow you–yes it takes time, but it can make a big difference. Those that slip though your first check (or those that hide their behavior, or those accounts that have been compromised somehow)  should be blocked. Also block anyone who says things like “I know who un-followed me–that’s simply not necessary to say, and borders on harassment and threat.”
  • If you feel like following someone with no or very few followers, then don’t in most cases (all cases if you can resist the urge). Let people called “tasters” follow these people, when enough of them do, it’s possible that person might actually be okay–but even famous people can be nasty; and I’m sure we all know a few famous people who make major world headlines.
  • Do a short course about Internet safety that is focused on Entertainers needs to advertise and remain in the public eye.
  • Perhaps you should let someone else handle your professional public relations on the Internet.
  • Manage your passwords carefully, make them hard to guess, and change them as often as possible–there are a lot of sites that talk about this: http://pear.ly/QR.
  • Do they really need to know your exact location (on google maps for example)? If not change your social network settings so that your location is not revealed.
  • Carefully check the setting of your mobile telephone if you use that to tweet or send social messages–including movies and photographs: ☆ Kiss and Tell, your mobile telephone knows where you have been for the past year (or longer) [article]: http://wp.me/p10Tww-12g.
  • Do they really need to know when, and for how long you are going interstate or overseas? I know that as a performer you may be doing gigs, and they will be will advertised. If so take precautions in travel, moving your gear (get a friend to help you), and get a friend, or security to look after your home while you are gone. If you have not got a lot of money, things get difficult, but you may be able to store the stuff you have to leave behind in a secure storage area (that will charge rent). Good secure storage areas: fumigate areas for insects and so on, they require you to punch in combination codes to get in, have camera surveillance, high fences, secured buildings where storage areas are inside the buildings, and possibly a guard on site at all times.
  • Do they really need to know specific details about your personal friends and business associates? No, then get a more private social network to chat with them.
  • Some cameras can take a picture, time stamp it, and attach a location of where the photograph was taken–do people actually need to know all those details?
  • Do they really need to get that tweet or social network post right now–it may take more effort, but why not take a note of it now and tweet or post it later. Some people even use automated tweets or posts, to send their messages at certain hours in the 24 hour cycle. ☆ Apparently 55% of people don’t post tweets directly: Twitter info-graphic made using http://www.easel.ly/ (the kind of stuff that people like to share) [article]: http://wp.me/p10Tww-180 #useful
  • Do they really need to know all your personal details. If you’re famous, it may be difficult to keep everything private, and that is why it’s better to keep a separate business address–amazingly you can rent this service and it may come with a post box, virtual address, and a secretary (or automated secretary that answers your telephone calls). The deal may also include the ability to rent offices when needed at the virtual address for formal meetings with business partners, band members, fans, the press, and show business associates.
  • If you use a networked computer system (libraries, and internet cafes for example), it is possible for the computer administrator to look at your screen and even in some cases take control of your computer–while they are themselves monitored in most cases, if you are famous it may be a risk you should not take.
  • Wireless technology has had a lot of security problems, so check out the risks of using Wi-Fi.
  • If someone is saying that someone else is saying bad things about you: walk away and don’t react immediately. Accounts and even your computer can be taken over by tricking you to click on a link and download stuff (that may look legitimate but is often a mock-up, or use social tricks to get information from you); and sometimes it may just be a trick to make you click on something that will put you at risk in some other way (criminal purposes, getting your location, invisible background tracker checking out what you are doing on the computer: http://bit.ly/jRCedr). On twitter for example such people might spam that same message “you have someone saying bad things about you” to many people–but if you’re famous they may be more sneaky about it.

General Discussion about you and Internet Safety

One of the most difficult things is that you are often blamed for any mistakes that happen, and that is not the case more often than not!

You may enjoy being a part of the on-line communities, but you are often unaware of the amount of engineering that has been built-in to the social network interface (human-machine interface) to make the experience both enjoyable and safe.

The Social Network interface–such as twitter, Facebook, Google + and so on look fairly simple but they are far from that in engineering terms–they are very complex. It’s that very complexity that makes it very difficult to explain all the risks you face, and often it’s easier to blame you because you will be unaware of the political, business, and technological issues.

We like to say and share things spontaneously–I know there is no better thrill (and level of risk for bad content) then publishing stuff quickly.

“Google +” has engineered this aspect into its interface by allowing you to share your stuff to the people you want, prevent people from sharing some stuff to other people, and to check out how your information (post)  is shared on “Google +.”

On the other hand if you check out “Twitter,” all your comments (tweets) are public unless you make your setting more private. For example: does everyone need to know your exact location on Google Maps, or the exact location of that photograph you just took (some cameras have GPS enabled all the time).

In twitter most people have only a small number of followers (apparently more than 98% have less than 100 followers: http://wp.me/p10Tww-180), and a lot of Social networks are based around this idea–along with the advise that is handed out about Internet safety.

But you are the 1% of the social net-workers in the entertainment industry or on-line community that has thousands of followers on twitter–and some of those followers or their on-line friends will have lives that are revolve around drugs (both legal and illegal), weapons (both legal and illegal)  and possibly violence (usually illegal).

Some entertainers that follow Gharr on twitter (and possibly this blog) can post music and songs that involve fire arm discharge, taking drugs, sexual poses, and warning to others that might challenge them–“the haters.” Ever wondered who follows them or are their friends?

While it’s nice to try and generalize about who might be risky to know on a social network, even nice people have often had unpleasant experiences in their lives, and have a bad side to them. Social networks often don’t allow you to fully understand who you are talking to or why they get angry about some things: “Give Me Back My Heart [song/music]: http://youtu.be/b228s_ici4E [warning: has images of war: violence].” If you are famous, and have many followers, social network friends and fans, then being careful might be wise; but of course you still have communicate,  get out there and promote yourself, go on tours, meet people in person, and advertise who you are.

When you make a public post on twitter (as mentioned above) take the time to think if that  tweet, post, or content might be used by someone who is involved in criminal activities.

Even people who you know from your younger days at school can change–I saw one person on Google + who needed a friend to type in the “lies” to old school friends–both were healthy looking, but perhaps the fellow that owned the Google + account (despite looking healthy) was no longer able to type or make a post for some reason. Life is not always kind to people it would seem–even if they were a friend you once knew at school.

One of the good things about social networks is that your followers on twitter may not be the only ones to read your tweet: but it’s quite possible for your tweet to be passed along to an untold number of people. That advantage, can also be seen as a disadvantage. Take the time to protect yourself, and your friends by making sure that you understand the world you live in, and learn about being safe on the Internet and social networks. Entertainers and some of the on-line communities often face additional challenges as they must always reach out to large numbers of people.

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Last edited in Mar 2013

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