A Guide to Internet Security with Furry Valley


Hello everyone! My name is Simba and I am the leader of Furry
Valley: a friendly, warm, and welcoming online community for the Furry Fandom and furry-friendly
individuals. There is, however, nothing furry specific
in this video. Please do ensure that all those you care about
see this and take the required steps to ensure their personal security. I’m making this video to give you information
on how to keep yourself safe and secure against an activity known as “doxxing”. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines “doxxing”
as a slang term meaning “to publicly identify or publish private information about someone. To give a more concrete example, perhaps you
played a game of League of Legends against a particularly toxic individual. In response to your victory, they look up
your information and send it to your online friends! You may think that this is not something that
people would actually do, but the unfortunate reality that we live in is that there legitimately
are a number of sad and deranged individuals who, through a complete lack of social capability
and overall poor character, actually try to attack people in this way. The rest of this video will be split into
two sections, the first provides precise, practical instructions and clear demonstrations
on how to secure your information on several sites and services, particularly those most
frequented by gamers and furries. The demonstrations provided are on a computer
rather than on a mobile device, but equivalent settings exist on mobile. All relevant links are provided in the video
description. The second part of this video provides some
general advice to enhance and sustain your security. Timestamps are provided in the video description
to allow you to move around in this video to the various platforms and to the general
advice. First, we shall cover FaceBook. If you have an old FaceBook that you do not
use or do not care about keeping your FaceBook account, the best way to fix your privacy
is to deactivate your account. A link is provided in the video description
on how to do this. If you do wish to keep your FaceBook active,
we shall begin by going to your settings page, linked in the video description. You may also find this via the triangle icon
on the top-right of FaceBook and pressing on “settings.” Once we are here, the important tabs are “privacy,”
“timeline and tagging,” “stories,” and “location.” I will show you now securing the privacy tab. The other aforementioned tabs can be dealt
with analogously. Your future posts should be seen by “friends”
by default, rather than “public.” Next, use the “limit past posts” feature to
ensure that any content that you have previously had displayed as “public” will now only be
visible to your friends. Limit friend requests to “friends of friends.” Only you should be able to see your friends
list. Only you should be able to look up your profile
using your e-mail address. And only you should be able to look up your
profile using your phone number. And search engines outside of Facebook should
NOT be linking to your profile. The other tabs, and I list them again: timeline
and tagging, stories, location should be dealt with similarly. Next, we move on to FaceBook’s “About” section. To get here, go to your profile page and press
the “About” tab. Ideally, information on this page should be
deleted, as it can be amongst the most sensitive and most dangerous to be exposed. If you absolutely must keep information on
this page, please ensure that the information is only visible to yourself. Your online contacts do not need to know where
you work, where you go to college, your mother’s name, your hometown, or any other significant
pieces of personally identifying information. Next, we move onto the “Friends” tab. Press the manage button at the upper right
and click “edit privacy.” Both of these settings should be set to “only
me.” Press the done button when you’re finished. Next, we move onto the “Photos” tab. FaceBook automatically makes all of your old
profile pictures and cover photos public, so these should be deleted if you do not plan
to use them again. To access these, press on the “Albums” tab. We now show an example of one such image being
removed. Finally, press on “More,” and then “Manage
Sections.” I advice that you uncheck as many of these
as possible, as this information is displayed publicly otherwise. Some sections, for example “Check Ins,” are
vital to disable, as they obviously give away your location. However, some of the settings, for example
reviews, can be equally leaking of your personal information, because you may have, for example,
reviewed a local restaurant in your town. Press the save button when finished. The next site that we move onto is LinkedIn. Again, if you wish to deactivate your LinkedIn
account, a link is provided in the video description. If you would rather not deactivate your LinkedIn
account, thankfully it is much easier to maintain our security than on Facebook. Simply press on the “Me” button at the top,
and go to “Settings and Privacy.” These are the only settings you need to change. Go through each of them thoroughly. They are all quite intuitive, but for an example
we show now how to make it so only you may see your connections. Setting changes are saved to this page automatically. Next we focus on making your Steam profile
private. First, log in on the steam website, press
on the “Edit Profile” link under your display badge, and navigate to the “My Privacy Settings”
tab. Ensure that your profile is set to private. While you are here, make sure that no identifying
information is on your profile, for example your name. When you are done, press save. Next, we focus on removing linked accounts. First, looking at YouTube, some account links
to YouTube may need to be removed from the other platform, rather than YouTube itself. To get to your connected accounts page, either
press the link provided in the description, or press on your icon at the top right, go
to settings, and then the “Connected Accounts” tab. We show an example of unlinking an account
from YouTube. The final specific application that we consider
in this video is Discord. Many other have linked several accounts to
our Discord, and removing these is wise to improve security. To do this, press on the “User Settings” cog,
and go to the “Connection” tabs. It is easy to remove connections from here. While you are here, make sure that you also
uncheck the “Automatically detect accounts from other platforms on this computer” option,
so that your accounts are not reconnected without you realizing. I’m going now to conclude with some general
advice. Never link accounts unless you have to. When was the last time that you wanted to
play Overwatch with someone, and instead of simply asking them for their Battle.net tag,
you looked them up somewhere hoping to find their connected account and then added it? Nobody does this. Many other sites, including Furaffinity, F-List,
and online dating sites, simply ask you to list your accounts on other platforms. Remove them: this is not necessary and constitutes
a security risk. Secondly, don’t use your offline life or business
email for things that do not relate to your real life or work affairs. Your online email address should not contain
personal information. For example, “[email protected]” is not
an acceptable username for anything not regarding your offline life. Thirdly, use fake real names online. Other than for things like financial transactions,
you basically never should give anyone your actual real name. Be creative; most of us hate our real names! Haven’t you ever wanted to be called Benedict
Cumberbatch? Fourthly, never have both online friends and
real life friends, colleagues, or family on the same platform. The most unsavory people won’t simply try
to bother you, but may also ungraciously try to interfere with your family and your work. You should protect yourself and protect those
who matter to you in the offline world. Fifthly, search yourself on Google. Type in your online handles, type in your
email addresses, and see what you can find out about yourself. If you find things you would NOT be comfortable
with an aggressive, hateful individual knowing, then take steps to remedy your security on
the particular platform upon which too much information is being exposed. Sixthly and finally, tell everyone about this
video. This is not fearmongering. Sadly, there really are people on the internet
who, while the vast majority of us simply want to have a good time, choose to conduct
themselves in this way. Your security and the security of your friends
and your family matters greatly. By following the simple steps in this video
and remaining cognizant so that you maintain basic security, you are unlike to fall fowl
of such demented individuals. I greatly appreciate you watching this video
until the end. As a veteran of the internet and online communities,
I feel saddened that this type of lockdown security is necessary. But is IS necessary. Be proactive. As soon as you are done watching this video,
FIX YOUR SECURITY. We live in a time in history where unparalleled
advances in technology enrich our lives, but we must be careful to protect ourselves and
our loved ones from those who seek and wish to cause us harm. Thank you for your time today. Please, again, do share this video with ALL
of those you hold dear, and if you found it helpful, consider liking and subscribing,
or checking out some of our social media links in the video description.

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