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Guest post by Margie Wylie
Instant messaging (IM) used to be confined to computers. But now it’s even on our phones as popular services such as Skype, Facebook and Google go mobile and are joined by newer apps such as Beejive and Kik. IM lets families and friends chat as quickly as they can type. And now, IM programs are integrating across all of your devices, so you can IM whether you’re in front of your computer, iPad or Android phone.
Convenient as it may be, however, IMing also comes with security risks. Whether you’re contemplating joining the instant messaging crowd or are already an avid IMer, here are a few hazards you — and your kids — need to beware of:
- Spam/spim. Junk IMs, also known as spim, are on the rise. These ads often contain inappropriate images (such as pornographic photos) that can suddenly pop up on your screen. Sometimes the messages appear to be from your bank or a contest, for example, but are actually from someone who’s trying to con you into divulging personal and financial information.
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