If you are someone who uses the Internet, you’d be doing yourself a huge favor by reading Catching the Catfishers, a timely guide on just what kind of digital trail you’d be leaving across the World Wide Web. Catching the Catfishers: Disarm the Online Pretenders, Predators, and Perpetrators Who Are Out to Ruin Your Life by Tyler Cohen Wood was an eye-opening book that showed me just how people can get personal information about me just from my online activities, and what kind of information that can be. Of course, I was careless when I started using the Internet, posting anything and everything. But in dealing with jerks on the Web, and other people trying to scam me out of my money, I have grown a little more cautious in just what I do on the Internet, and how I do it. These days, the Internet is a tool for me – I use it for email, research, looking up information and occasionally posting some random thing or another on social media – but in the past I was not so careful, and this book shows why I should be.
Catching the Catfishers covers three areas of online activity a person should be cautious about: Their personal safety, safety with online dating and protecting your child’s safety. It shares information about such things as what kind of hidden information can exist in photos shared through social media, how predators stalk children in order to get close to them, how certain things you share online can cause you to lose your job and credibility, and steps you can take to avoid these situations. The checklists in this book that contain tips as well as “do’s and don’t’s” are handy tools readers should start implementing to protect their online safety, and the websites included can be important resources to check out and see just what about you and your work is out there. There’s also important information geared towards tweens/teens about protecting themselves from predators and cyberbullying.
I found Catching the Catfishers to be a very informative and helpful book that should be recommended reading for everyone using the Internet. It is filled with helpful information as well as things you can do to protect yourself and your children. Catching the Catfishers is a helpful primer about online safety and how to avoid falling for the schemes predators use to find their next victim.
Your online identity is quickly becoming more crucial to your personal and professional success than in-person communications.
But most of us don't understand this digital Wild West and the dangers that lurk around every corner. Most of us are unaware of the digital bread crumbs that we leave behind with every post, and how easy it is for a person with malicious intent to harm us.
Catching the Catfishers is for every user of social media, teaching you how to:
Safely and successfully navigate the online world.
Protect yourself and your children from online predators, cyber stalkers, and chat-room bullies.
Detect if someone is not who he or she claims to be.
Learn what digital bread crumbs you leave behind and how to clean them up.
Control your own online identity.
Use social media to find the right relationship, employee, or anything else you are looking for.