Protecting Yourself Online

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Most college students thirst knowledge but one thing they usually don't teach you in the college classroom is that what you do online can come back to haunt you.

Philadelphia based attorney C.L. Lindsay travels the country talking to students about how to stay out of trouble when you go online. Monday night Lindsay was at Rockford College covering such issues as Facebook rights, online privacy, plagiarism and cyber bullying. And Lindsay tells us the single best piece advice he gives at these classes is simply put don't be stupid.

"Which means if you wouldn't do it off-line, don't do it online. 99.99% of the time that's going to keep you out of trouble. So the big example is if you wouldn't print out a picture or a poster of you doing something illegal all over campus, don't put it up on line because it's going to have almost the same effect," Lindsay said.

Lindsay says people think they have a lot more right to privacy than they actually do. So if you are at work don't ever send messages even in an e-mail that you wouldn't want your employer to see.

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