April 21, 2014

Pirate101 Online Safety Contest Winners!

Ahoy Pirates!

Last week I decided to have a new type of contest that I haven't ever had on this blog before, an Online Safety Contest. I ask everyone to send me an online safety tip they follow and would like to share with everyone else in the community. I received a ton of emails with so many important safety tips. I have random codes that I'm giving to the winners of this contest: Four 1,500 Crowns codes, Two Random Springtime Pets and Two Witchdoctor Housing Add-Ons. These codes will be mixed up so you never know what you won if you did win a code until you redeem that code.  Thank you all for submitting your safety tips, You never know, you might help someone reading this post! :)

Code Winner #1: Whiffy Lucas Burke

How I stay safe, and suggest others is to surround yourself with positive people, Stay away from groups or people who are being openly inappropriate and vulgar. Also, try to avoid crowded realms.
I have found and maintained long gaming relationships with this simple method. lastly and everyone should know. NEVER, NEVER,NEVER EVER share any kind of information with anyone.

Code Winner #2: Charming John Noble

· Screen Name. When creating your screen name, no personal information in it.
· Passwords. No password sharing with anyone.
· Online Friends. No to meet an online friend unless I know them before. 
· Personal Information. No personal info what so ever to anyone.
· Online Ads. Don’t buy anything online without reference.
· Downloading. Only trusted downloads
· Photos. No photos posting to strangers
· Bullying. No to bullying by any one and to anyone.
· Research. Trusted websites only for research. 
· Social Networking. follow social networking websites instructions

Code Winner #3: Chrissy

There are occasions when you want to contact someone out of game yet you still need to be careful. In those instances where they are not on Central I made a Facebook page that is my Pirate's name and has no identifiers and that way someone can contact me yet I am still shielded.

Code Winner #4: Simple Connor Silver

5 things to look out for when gaming with others in multiplayer.

It's easy to lie online, how can you tell if you can trust them or not?

1) They will try to gain your trust and make friends with you.

2) They may try and get you to do things e.g. give them your phone number.

3) They may offer you 'cheats' to help with the game, they may ask for something in return (Imagine they are Rumpelstiltskin)

4) They may send you a link and that may be a computer virus or software.

5) They may encourage you to give personal information.

Code Winner #5: David Everhart

My only tip for online safety would be to be careful who you talk to on social networks, because not everyone is who they claim to be.

Code Winner #6: Stormy Roslyn Stern

ALWAYS USE GOOD "Netiquette"

Have fun! Play and be nice!
Do not respond to any messages that are mean, inappropriate or in any way make you uncomfortable.
If you come across someone/something that makes you feel uncomfortable. Avoid it and if necessary ignore that person.

Code Winner #7: Evan Silver

The best thing to do if you wish to stay safe online is to prevent others from knowing exactly who you are. Posting your location (country, state, time zone, room in the house even) is unsafe and can help predators locate you. Selfies and images taken from your phone or another mobile device contain image data, including location which will allow people to find your state (if in U.S.), and sometimes even the room you are in. Selfies, posting age, and physical features also allow predators to find and identify you in a public location, or even at your house. Stay safe!

Code Winner #8: Little Tasha Liston

I think the best online safety tip is to never give out your personal info. Just because you think you know the person online, doesn't mean that you really do. The internet allows people to act like whoever they want.....you just never know who is really behind that screen.

That's not even all of the entries I've received for this blog post. The online safety tips listed above should not be followed by order, they should ALL be followed all at once. There were at least 40 pirates that entered my contest and I can't mention everyone because I don't want to make this post too long but I want all of you to know I'm proud of you! So many of you knew that you shouldn't share your password or personal information with anyone/strangers. It's nice that you know that. My Online Safety tip would also be about Password Safety for the game. Never share your password with anyone! If you share your password with someone, your account WILL be banned. Please be careful in the spiral, pirates. It's important you're safe and I hope all of you read through all of the online safety tips other pirates from around the spiral shared. Thank you all for submitting online safety tips to me! I know I've said this already, but I wish I could share all of your emails with everyone. Especially all of the emails that have to do with not sharing passwords. If you didn't win this time, it doesn't mean you won't next time. Just know that even if your email wasn't published, that doesn't mean you can't comment your email on this blog post! :) If you would like to comment below with the email you sent to me, that would be awesome. I know all of the online safety tips are important it would be nice to see other pirates following these tips that were listed above or in the comments. Thanks again for entering everyone! I expect you to follow these tips and stay safe in the spiral.

1 comment:

Chrissy The Blesser said...

* Smartly salutes * Yes Sir! I pledge to continue to follow these great tips and I challenge others to do the same. (Salute not required for challenge :D)