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College Students' Views on Etiquette Online

Netiquette in Your Daily Life

What has been the point of all these netiquette themed posts? Why is it important to our blog readers?

Well, my friends, the list goes on and on. Many of my fellow writers for this blog have discussed netiquette and Social Media and how important it is to act properly by following the guidelines of proper internet etiquette. They have also blogged about how important it is for children to know how to act, how companies do not follow proper etiquette, and many other interesting etiquette based issues ( check out their posts if you have not already ). Recently I have discussed why practicing proper netiquette in your daily life can help protect you and your information from cyber criminals. Well, recently for class we had to read an article by Charles Duhigg, titled “How Companies Learn Your Secrets,” and it got me thinking- who are the real cyber criminals?

Not wanting to mislead any of my readers, I decided to do my last netiquette blog topic on how more than just criminals use the information you put out there using Web 2.0 tools. I thought this was important because this is something that everyone participates in daily AND it can happen to anyone, so why not try to help if I can?

Duhigg’s article focuses on the issue of companies using records of what you buy, what credit cards you use, surveys you fill, and the list seems never ending. Any interaction you have had with a company, his example was Target, can be documented by that company and filed away. Companies do this to create a profile so they can target you for certain items. Duhigg quoted a Target statiscian, Andrew Pole, saying ” “If you use a credit card or a coupon, or fill out a survey, or mail in a refund, or call the customer help line, or open an e-mail we’ve sent you or visit our Web site, we’ll record it and link it to your Guest ID,” Pole said. “We want to know everything we can” (1). A little scary, don’t you think!?

Well I certainly do. I was taken aback while reading this entire article (I highly suggest you read it for yourself) because I never knew these profiles and guest ID numbers existed. I felt a little violated. As I continued to read on, I learned that companies can also buy or sell information about you!

This article made me realize why practicing proper online netiquette is so important. Maybe getting extra coupons for something you buy frequently is not so bad, but it is sill a scary thought that an entire profile about your life is floating around cyber space for anyone to use, buy or steal. While researching netiquette, I learned two of the main rules are to be conservative and use discretion with the information you put out there. I think it is important for people using the internet to know these rules and apply them to their lives, as well as children who soon will be using the internet.

Obviously I think all netiquette rules are important, but after doing research for the past four weeks I feel these two are some of the most overlooked rules but some of the most important ones. Duhigg’s article really shocked and worried me because I now know how little control I have over the information I have put out there, so I also have no control over who gets to see it. If there is one thing I have learned from this topic of etiquette, it is that every day I must be careful with what I say and what information I provide, because in reality I never know who is seeing it!

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Cyber Safety

When typing in netiquette in a Google search bar, many different lists from various sources will come up with netiquette rules to follow. While the wording may vary, the main points stay the same. The point I am going to discuss in today’s blog is how to keep yourself, your information, and your internet friends safe online. It is believe that proper netiquette practice involves keeping your information safe and using discretion while taking part in internet usage.images (1)

Cyber Safety is one of the fastest growing issues in our country because things like identity theft, cyber fraud, hacking, and many other scams are being done by criminals by using the internet and these crimes are growing at a rapid pace. It has become such a huge problem that the FBI has recently had to make new crime divisions to fight the different types of internet crime. Although it may not be the most credible source, WIkipedia has a description of the history of cyber crime and it leads to other articles written by various government officials, universities, and magazines like Time. I believe it is important for everyone to be educated not only on the issues of cyber crime, but the history as well. This is where netiquette comes in!

Once you understand what the different types of cyber crimes are, you need to learn to protect yourself from them. In order to protect yourself from these crimes , one must practice proper netiquette. While the term netiquette covers a broad range of topics, the focus of many of the “Core Rules”  is how to be selective of what information you put on the internet in order to protect yourself. Even though you may think you are being safe, information put out into the internet is very public and can be found by almost anyone if the proper precautions are not taken. This list includes criminals, but it also includes future employers, friends, family members, the government, and businesses.

There are many resources found easily through google that tell you how to keep your information safe on the internet and I think everyone should have to learn them before partaking in internet activities. The internet is growing daily and so are its users, which means new comers do not always know how to protect themselves. Quite honestly some people who have been using the internet for a long time probably do not take all the proper precautions either and this is why learning netiquette is so important. The rules of proper online etiquette of been created because the internet is a new was of socialization and a new way to carry out daily activities, but there also need to be rules to keep you safe just like there are common knowledge and rules to keep you safe in every day face to face lives. www.getsafeonline.org states that “Using computers and similar devices to go online has made everyday activities such as shopping, banking, paying bills and keeping in touch fast and easy … anytime, anywhere. There are, however, a number of risks associated with going online – some general and some specific to the respective activities that you carry out.”

There are simple techniques to keep you safe. James VanDyke compiled a list for his Reader’s Digest article “10 Ways to Protect Yourself Online.” This list includes:

1. If You Fall Prey to a Scam, Report Itimages

2.Guard Your personal Information

3.Don’t Overshare

4.Stay Up to Date

5.Make it Difficult (Passwords/Usernames)

6.Beware of Fake Online Sweepstakes Contests

7.Go Paperless

8.Don’t Believe the Work at Home Hype

9.Ask What Your Bank is Doing to Protect You

10.Keep a Close Eye on Your Finances

These are just some of the ways you can keep yourself safe online. This is also further proof why netiquette guidelines are necessary for internet usage and why they should be required to learn for every internet user ( old and new ). Are you safely using the internet?

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