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  • Give your mobile number out only to people you know and trust.
  • Text only the people or businesses you know in real life.
  • You should never take pictures or videos of anyone with your phone if you do not have their permission.
  • If you upload photos from your phone, be aware of geotagging and the dangers associated with it.
  • Be careful if you plan on meeting someone in person who you only know through text messaging/online chat. As with any sort of blind date, meet in a public place and take your own transportation.
  • Never reply to text messages from people you don’t know.
  • Make sure you know how to block others from calling your phone. Using caller ID you can block all incoming calls or block individual names and numbers. 
  • If your phone is lost or stolen, report it to your local police station and your network operator immediately.
  • You should never give anyone else's number out without asking them if it is okay.
  • Do not allow others to take pictures or videos of you without your permission. Remember – these pictures and videos can be posted to the Internet.

Content adapted from staysafeonline.org.

Last Published 12/18/15