The term "Catfish" has been in the news lately linked with the Manti T'eo girlfriend hoax. What happened in that case, someone pretending to be someone they are not online to lure someone else in, is not an isolated case. One of our own New Day contributors found out just last week that his photo is currently being fraudulently used on a dating website, by someone he does not know. Steve Haverly is here to share his story. Also, Kate Houston, an online dating profile writer, is here to give us advice so we can protect ourselves on the internet.
1. It’s not an online dating problem. It’s an Internet problem. It could happen to anyone who posts a picture online. A person could take your Facebook picture and just as easily post it on a phony LinkedIn profile.
2. Worse still, there’s nothing you can do other than report it to the site administrator’s once the theft has occurred.
3. The only way to prevent it is to avoid posting pictures of yourself. Posting a photo on LinkedIn is optional and pretty easy to control.
4. If you’re on Facebook, you can post an avatar, icon, pet – anything that’s not you, as well as make your privacy settings as stringent as possible. However, you also have to make sure that friends don’t post pictures of you either.
5. Facebook is more difficult to control because, unless you’re tagged in a photo, you may not even know someone posted one of you.
6. Also, Facebook changes its privacy settings regularly so make sure yours are current.
7. For people online dating, most sites allow you to hide your profile, which only gets revealed to people you’ve contacted. This is great for women. However, men might be unfairly judged as married. Still, it is safer and you can always let a potential match know why your profile is hidden.
8. Also, beware – people steal your words too!
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