Posting Videos Online – Play it Safe

First of all, your personal information is valuable, not just to you, but to the many unscrupulous individuals in the world who might try to use it for their own personal gain. Identity theft and fraud of all sorts begins with compromised personal information. Many people disclose much more about themselves when blogging or sharing videos online than is wise. A good rule of thumb is to remember that your video might be watched by almost anyone, and treat it the same as you would a conversation with a stranger. It’s fine to share feelings and ideas, but not necessarily a good idea to share personal data that might be used to harm you or for fraudulent purposes. When in doubt, play it safe.

Secondly, make sure you use strong passwords or strong authentication technology for logging in to the online video site. Since what you choose to upload is a reflection of you (perhaps for years to come – we’ll get to that in a minute) you’ll want to make sure that the content you upload is truly something you intended. You also don’t want a third party to access other personal or account information that you provided to the video site. Proper password security is important to keeping your account safe.

Third, remember that whatever you might upload to an online video site will be out in the open on the Internet. Although some sites make it more difficult than others for visitors to download videos for future use or sharing, it’s important to remember that there is no way to absolutely guarantee that. That babbling, inebriated video that seems so hysterical today might not be quite as funny in the hands of a prospective employer (or father-in-law) a few years down the line. Think hard before you upload something that might be damaging or embarrassing later, and remember that even if you delete it, it may never truly go away.

Finally, be sure you’re dealing with a reputable site, and that you thoroughly understand the terms of service. There are many sites on the Net, such as YouTube, MEVIO, Flickr, etc., that allow you to upload videos. Shop around and compare the sites to best suit your needs and make sure that you can maintain control of the content you upload. A working understanding of copyright is also important, so that you don’t find yourself facing a cease and desist order or a suit for copyright infringement. Before you include music, video clips, pictures or other material from other parties in your own videos, make sure you have the right to do so.

There are many other issues you may want to consider before sharing your own videos online, but these are a few of the main concerns. The best practice is to learn a little and think a little before you act, and whenever in doubt to stay on the safe side of things.

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