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So that you may enhance your experience while surfing on MusicianMatch.com, we gladly provide you with this compilation of Safety Tips to enhance your experience. MusicianMatch.com is dedicated to making our website a fun, exciting, innovative and, above all, safe environment in which you can relax and enjoy yourself. Unfortunately, no matter how well devised a website's security features and policies may be, there will always remain a need for your ongoing diligence to protect your own safety.
It's a known fact that some people may act differently as an anonymous person on the Internet when compared to how they are with their own friends and family. Sometimes, these people can forget to use their manners or they just make ill-advised mistakes when surfing online. Usually, they think that they are always anonymous and invisible, beyond reproach and not to be held accountable for their actions. They may think they are untouchable or not even realize the risk involved in their actions. In most cases, they just don't think in the first place. Nevertheless, their intention may be to harm you financially or other and/or to infringe on your rights to safety.
MusicianMatch.com can help to address violations of our strict User policies and we do encourage the reporting of all abuses as quickly as possible. MusicianMatch.com makes available an easy-to-use reporting feature so that you can quickly inform us of any violators so that we may investigate and act accordingly. With such diligence from the entire MusicianMatch.com population, each report can only serve to strengthen and enrich our wonderful community all the while making for an even safer environment.
Typical safety problems encountered on the Internet, and more so in social community websites, are:
a. Sexual predators, perverts, and outright con artists looking for victims; and
b. Bullying, stalking, and harassment; and
c. Identity theft, fraud, and other abuses.
As a courtesy and because we truly do care about your safety, we offer you a few safety tips that could help you to stay safe while surfing on the Internet and at MusicianMatch.com. Please take the time to read each tip carefully and to deploy them into your daily surfing routine. Learn to "REPORT - PROTECT - BE SMART"!
- Report Violations and Abuse: MusicianMatch.com needs your help to protect yourself and others from unnecessary violations and abuses. Don't take matters into your own hands - report all abuses by supplying copies of all communications directly to MusicianMatch.com and let our great team leaders conduct an investigation and act accordingly. Remember, if you violate another MusicianMatch.com User, then you, too, will be subject to full termination and deletion of your creative account.
- Report Cybercrimes: Should you encounter what you believe to be a cybercrime (fraud, identity theft, etc.) please do not attempt to handle the situation yourself. Instead, immediately involve the MusicianMatch.com management so that we can include the appropriate law enforcement agencies in the investigation. If the cybercrime clearly involves dangerous or outright criminal activity, or someone you suspect is a predator or wanted criminal, immediately report your concerns to your local law enforcement agency. If you have been sexually exploited and you need help in reporting the crime, please contact your local law enforcement agency, or go to http://www.katiesplace.org for confidential assistance. If you are a minor (under the age of 18), make sure you inform your parent(s) or a trusted adult of the crime.
- Protect Your Password: Your password is vital to your security protection. Keep it to yourself and don't create a password that is too easy to guess. It is a proven fact that the biggest abusers of password theft are your friends and family!
- Protect Your Computer: In today's age of cybercrimes and cyber-attacks, it makes great sense to have a good firewall in place and to automatically update your anti-virus software. A good anti-spyware program or adware blocker is also a good idea. Be especially careful about downloading files sent to you, even from people you know. Most viruses come to your computer posing to be from someone you already know by masking the email's true identity. Hacking programs can give a hacker a backdoor into your computer where they will easily obtain your passwords, banking information, and the like, as well as use your computer as a server to blast out their malicious programs to other unsuspecting computer users.
- Protect Your Email Address: Spammers love it when they can obtain your primary email address. Use free email services (such as Yahoo!, Hotmail, gmail, etc.). By using a free email service, you can easily dispose of the account should it become compromised to spammers. If you do receive spam, do not reply to them or click their "Remove" or "Opt Out" link as this typically only validates your email as authentic and active, which means they will sell your email address to other spammers causing you to receive even more spam.
- Protect Your Personal Information: It is very important that you never reveal any information that could be used to find or identify you in real life. This information includes data such as: your full name, address, telephone number, cell phone number, place of work, favorite places you go to work out, dine, shop, etc. Be careful that pictures you upload to your MusicianMatch.com website do not accidentally contain identifying information in the background. If your personal information is obtained, it can be used to steal your identity, break into your accounts, defraud you, harm you, or be used to cyber-stalk or harass you.
- Watch Out For Posers: Posers are those people who fake an identity to make you think you are talking with someone else. This is a frequent ploy of molesters and fraudsters. To combat posers, make sure that those friends you personally know have a secret code word for identification. If the person you are talking with cannot provide you with the code word, then you should log-off of the conversation immediately. You never know when your friend's account may have been compromised by a roommate, relative, other friend, etc. and they are "posing" as your friend so as to get more information from you. Always watch out for posers!
- Minimum Age: The minimum age to be a MusicianMatch.com member is 13. This is not a suggested age as all accounts discovered to be created by Users under the age of 13 are promptly closed and purged. While it is true that MusicianMatch.com cannot always confirm every User's age, if an underage User is reported to MusicianMatch.com, we will investigate the account in question and act accordingly. Proof of age may be required to satisfy the investigation.
- Parent Information: Social networking and using the Internet is as common today as a teenager talking for hours on the telephone was just a couple of decades ago. However, there are many dangers on the Internet as it provides much cover to those who wish to lurk, to stalk, and to harm others. Therefore, as a parent, you are responsible for the overall safety of your underage child. Should you discover that your child (ages 13 to 18) have been conversing with or been contacted by someone you suspect is intent on harming your child, at any level, please immediately contact MusicianMatch.com so that we may launch an immediate investigation into your concern. Also, there are many great resources on the Internet for safety guides, videos, etc. that can teach you and your child how to be safe while enjoying the vast treasures of the Internet. MusicianMatch.com gladly recommends that you visit WiredSafety.org, the world's largest Internet safety and help group.
- People You Meet Online: Most surfers forget that people you meet online are not really the same as friends you have come to know in person over the years. You may think that you can confide in your online friends much easier than your personal friends; but, unless you have known them for a long time in the offline world, then they are not real friends but are, in reality, just cyber-friends. As a cyber-friend, they could be posing as someone they are not - a handsome and single young man turns out to be a much older, married poser; a beautiful and available young lady turns out to be a perverted person who is out to fulfill their own sexual fantasies, etc. Treat all cyber-friends like you would someone on the city bus - be nice but be aware. No matter how much you have chatted with your cyber-friends, you really don't know them or their history. You don't know what they are capable of doing and you don't ever want to become a victim!
- Meeting Someone Offline: If you decide to ignore the warnings in the previous tip, then all you can do is be careful and protect yourself at all times. Internet strangers have killed before so don't become the next one to pay the ultimate price for being careless about personal safety.
- Enjoy Life Away From the Internet: Too many people are beginning to "cocoon", or shrink back into a lifestyle of more and more time spent online and less time spent with friends and family. Too much cocooning can cause you to become introverted, a characteristic that can negatively impact your work, your relationships, and the overall quality of your life. So, get out there and enjoy all that life has to offer!
- Be Smart: It is amazing how many people fall prey to obvious Internet-based scams, such as: a foreign prince needing to wire hundreds of millions of dollars to your bank account to avoid losing it, or someone who is the son/daughter of a king/president who needs to get a large sum of money out of their country and they need you, of all people, to help them. For your help, they promise to give you millions of dollars. Never fall prey to others and their scams...be wary, be smart. You can search out such myths and scams at many Internet websites, such as Snopes.com, to help you ascertain the truth about Internet-based scams.
- Gone "Phishing": Phishing is when a thief sends millions of emails or Instant Messages pretending to be your bank, online service, or other important account provider, such as PayPal, etc. Their emails look real and can easily fool the recipient into using the provided links to "update" their account information. Once the victim clicks the link and provides the account information, the thief has it in hand and works quickly to empty the bank account, order products on a stolen credit card, and other forms of fraud. Never click on the provided link from the communication. Instead, you should visit the bank/service provider/account provider's website and log in to your account as normal. Otherwise, you may think you are linking to the legitimate website when you are, in fact, linking to the thief's fake website where they are waiting for you to give up your vital personal information.
- Be Responsible With Your Posts: If you won't show your family, your friends, or your boss the images or content that you want to post in your MusicianMatch.com account, then don't post it at all. Today, employers typically conduct online searches for content posted by employees and prospective employees. If your postings can cause you embarrassment or get you fired/not hired, then you should endeavor to be more responsible as a member of the greatest social networking site in the world...MusicianMatch.com!
- Don't Get Mad: If you have an altercation with another MusicianMatch.com member, then you will need to sit back, take a deep breath, and count to 10 before you post a reply, if any. Instead, if you have been deeply offended or threatened by another MusicianMatch.com member, do not engage them in further conversation and contact MusicianMatch.com immediately so that we may investigate the matter so as to determine if any of our policies have been violated. Remember, if you post a reply that is offensive, then you are also subject to full account termination. Many cyber-wars started over a single comment that was cruel and unnecessary or was simply misinterpreted. Think before you post! The best advice is to deploy the Golden Rule - treat others online just as you would want them to treat you.
It is the sincerest desire of MusicianMatch.com that you will take your own personal safety as a very serious concern. As such, we gladly provide you with these few courtesy tips that you may incorporate into your daily Internet routine so as to help you to better protect yourself and your hard-earned assets.
IMPORTANT NOTICE AND DISCLAIMER
The statements provided herein are for informational and educational purposes only and are not intended to serve as legal advice. At no time has any officer, director, employee, agent, or assignee of MusicianMatch.com been authorized to provide legal advice to you nor has any such advise, counsel, or guidance been implied through this courtesy document.