Be Prepared When It Comes To People Lying Online About Their Identities

As long as man has been able to talk there have always been people out there who have run con games on other people. It doesn’t matter how big the scam was, there have always been people out there who were looking for easy prey for their own gains. But sometimes the scams are run by people who are not malicious. Sometimes the scams are run by people who are looking for something else out of life and they decide to lie to get their way. The reasons for this can vary. The people can be lonely, greedy, or a whole host of other reasons why they would lie to someone else. And with the internet we are seeing this now more than ever.

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The internet makes it a lot easier to lie to people about who we really are. If you even have a little bit of computer knowledge there is a lot that you can get away with when it comes to lying. The lies can come in many different forms. The lies could be about what a piece of software does or the lies could be about who a person is and what they do in real life. Unless you are on the active lookout for it a person could get away with telling a lie to you for a long time. That is why you always have to keep your guard up.

If you want a good example of people who lie online you do not have to go any further than your local cable channels. There is a new MTV show that is called Catfish. It is about people who lie about who they are so that they can get with other people on a romantic level. They put a fake profile up on a social media site like Facebook and they pretend that they are that person. The show then finds out who these people really are and then they commence to expose them. It is becoming a pretty popular show and there are a lot of people who are surprised that there are people who actually do this. But if you have been on the internet for a while then you should not be surprised by that fact. It has been a part of the internet lifestyle ever since the general public started to jump on.

You can see good examples of this when people make hurtful or stupid comments when they are online. They say things that they would never say to another person’s face. For some reason, the fact that people think that they are anonymous when they are online makes them believe that they can say whatever they want to other people. We say think because the facts are that if the person does anything that is serious enough then there are always ways that you can track them.

This is the exact reason why you must remember that when you are sharing details about yourself online there is really no telling who is looking at those details. You have to treat each piece of information that you put about yourself online very sensitively and make sure that it is not something that can come back to harm you. It is a little hard to do that but you have to try.

The point of this article is to remind you that online not everyone is who they say they are. You have to be careful when you are sharing information with other people online. You never know what someone who lies about themselves online is capable of doing.

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About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.

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