Safe Online Communication

Learn to distinguish what’s real and what’s fake.

I avoid texting as much as possible and stick only to logistics when I communicate over text. The simple reason is that text message can be sent by anyone to and from anywhere. It’s a mode of communication that’s easily intercepted and easy to fake.

This goes with communications via any of the online apps. I’ve had my share of Facebook fakes and trolls to know that none of that is real.

In the face of social distancing, can you really be sure that you can engage in honest and open communication overcoming the barriers of distance?

Two things to consider here, know the people you are talking to.

When they say things out of character for them, then the messaging is probably fake.

Try to vet the people that you talk to online with real information about who they are intermittently during the conversation.

And another alternative, see their face when you are talking to them. With robotics and AI, any number of conversations can be faked nowadays. Spend real face time with people that you know and trust.

The key is to use the phone, FaceTime, Zoom, etc.. as much as you can when you see the person that you are talking to.

In this day and age, don’t trust text, emails, and other forms of “lagged” and non-realtime communication with sensitive conversations.

Writer, Technologist: Tech|Future|Leadership (Forbes-AI, Behind the Code)

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