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Hi! I have a Facebook profile and have a profile picture of myself there. So I have been wondering about uploading a picture of myself to an internet forum. So is it safer to upload a picture of myself to an anonymous forum than a non anonymous Facebook. So can I upload the photo to the forum with calm mind?

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Dear Mika,

Good morning from New York Mika. Regarding your question, it is a little hard to answer with 100% confidence knowing advice will be 150% accurate. Most importantly, I do not know the theme or type of online users who you will be corresponding with in that forum. Whether you, or any online user posts an image anywhere in cyberspace, think first before posting. Remember, once an image or video is disseminated in cyberspace, realize that all images become a permanent record that can never be removed. You may delete the image in the future, but that does not mean if has disappeared from cyberspace. If you are going to upload a profile image to an anonymous forum, think first of these points.

1. Can anyone see behind or beyond your face that could give a cybercriminal or cyberstalker personal information about you?
2. Can anyone see on a hat, jewelry or article of clothing a brand name, name or geographic area name that could tell a cybercriminal or cyberstalker about you?
3. If the internet forum is themed sexual or provocative, make sure your profile image is not too sexually provocative.
4. In addition to being mindful of your image, does the internet forum ask you to give a brief description of yourself and why you are joining the forum? Because if it does, provide very general information that does not disclose anything about where you live or how to reach you outside the forum.
5. Once you have your profile image and tagline/description, ask yourself if anyone would be able to identify you or have an idea where you live.  

Once you have followed these 5 points, it is safe to say you can have a "semi" calm mind. I can't tell you how many times I've told online users that online sexual predators, cyberstalkers & cybercriminals take any information they can get to learn about a possible target. Most importantly, make sure your image filename does not include your name or place of residence.

For example, you don't want to have your image filename be Mika-Helsinki Finland-BarGrill.jpg . lol...Name your profile pic something completely silly and non-descriptive like MichellePurplePotato.jpg .

I hope I provided you a little insight into how to stay safe online. You are always welcome to visit and download any of our articles/webpages at our internet safety website. To download any page or article, simply click on the little print button next to the other social media buttons. Everything is free to download and we do not ask for personal information, forms to fill out or even an email address. The site is https://www.iPredator.co/

Good Luck and Stay Cyber Savvy.,

Regards,
Dr. Nuccitelli  

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cyber bullying, cyber stalking, cybercrime, cyber terrorism, online sexual predators, child predators, Internet safety, psychopathology, criminal psychology, forensic psychology and cyber psychology.

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Dr. Michael Nuccitelli is a New York State licensed psychologist and certified forensic consultant. He completed his doctoral degree in clinical psychology in 1994 from the Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, Illinois. In 1997, Dr. Nuccitelli became a licensed psychologist in New York State (License # 013009.) In 2006, he received the Certified Forensic Consultant designation from the American College of Forensic Examiners (Identification # 103110.) In September 2011, Dr. Nuccitelli established iPredator Inc. offering the private & public sectors educational and advisory services regarding cyber bullying, cyber stalking, cybercrime, cyber terrorism and Internet predators. In June 2012, Dr. Nuccitelli and iPredator Inc. launched their long anticipated website, www.iPredator.co, offering site visitors an incredible amount of information, education and advisory services. Over the last 25 years, Dr. Nuccitelli has worked in the mental health field in a variety of capacities with various clinical populations. Concurrent with his employment in mental health, Dr. Nuccitelli was a practicing psychologist for 10 years and worked in the field of forensic psychology conducting evaluations and consultation for attorneys and court systems. Dr. Nuccitelli has extensive career and academic experiences. His areas of expertise includes forensic & criminal psychology, digital forensic psychology, psychiatric & psychological disorders and developmental psychology. He is an avid follower of national & criminal news and enjoys educating the public by interacting with the media. Dr. Nuccitelli continues to investigate and expand his construct he has constructed, called iPredator. He presently consults with the American College of Forensic Examiners to become the resource and hub for Americans seeking information on iPredators, digital/computer forensics, cyber security and training programs for the professional sector and law enforcement.

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American College of Forensic Examiners International

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Dr. Nuccitelli's theoretical construct, iPredator, was the feature article in the 2011 Winter issue of the Forensic Examiner published by the American College of Forensic Examiners International. His recent article "2012 Cyber Bullying Tactics," will be split and published in the Summer and Fall issues of their magazine.

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Dr. Nuccitelli is a New York State Licensed Psychologist and certified forensic consultant.

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