General Safety Tips
Myspace makes it easy to express yourself, connect with friends and make new ones, but who you let into your space, how you interact with them, and how you present yourself online are important things to think about when using social networking sites. Here are some common sense guidelines that you should follow when using Myspace:
- Don't forget that your profile and Myspace forums are public spaces. Don't post anything you wouldn't want the world to know (e.g., your phone number, address, IM screen names, or specific whereabouts). Avoid posting anything that would make it easy for a stranger to find you, such as where you hang out every day or a picture of you in front of your office or school.
- People aren't always who they say they are. Be careful about adding strangers to your friends list. It's fun to connect with new Myspace friends from all over the world, but avoid meeting people in person whom you do not fully know. If you must meet someone, do it in a public place and bring a friend or trusted adult.
- Harassment, hate speech and inappropriate content should be reported. If you feel someone's behavior is inappropriate, react. Report it to Myspace or the authorities.
- Don't post anything that would embarrass you later. It's easy to think that only our friends are looking at our Myspace page, but the truth is that everyone can see it. Think twice before posting a photo or information you wouldn't want your parents, potential employers, colleges or boss to see!
- Don't say you're over 18 if you're not. Don't say you're younger than 18 if you're not. If Myspace customer service determines you are under 13 and pretend to be older, we will delete your profile. If customer service determines you are over 18 and pretend to be a teenager to contact underage users, we will delete your profile.
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General Security Tips
Following these basic security tips will help to always keep your Myspace account secure!
- Make sure you create a strong password that you update regularly. Strong passwords are usually at least eight characters with a number and a special character such as an "&" or "@".
- Make sure that you keep the password for your Myspace account separate from your other online accounts. If you use the same password for everything - your other accounts are also at risk if you are accidentally phished on one website! In addition, if a phisher gains access to your primary email address, he can request passwords to be sent via a "forgotten password" feature on many websites.
- Don't trust websites that ask you to enter your Myspace username and password. Even if the page does not look like a fake Myspace login page, it may still be an attempt to steal your login credentials by pretending to offer you something, like a profile tracker or an e-card.
- Always make sure you are on Myspace.com when you log in. If you're asked to log in to your Myspace account for a second time you may have been redirected to a phishing site. Make sure you re-type the Myspace URL and login directly.
- If you receive an email asking you to verify your account and/or giving you a time limit to respond you can assume that the email is fraudulent and is part of a phishing scam. Do not respond to the email in any way.
- Don't click on unknown links embedded in an email.
- Install anti-virus and anti-spyware filters, and be sure to keep your operating system updated with the latest patches and firewall software.