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Chapter 22. Webcams > Safety First

Safety First

The best advice is to be careful and don't be too quick to trust people. Be aware that not everyone is who or what they say they are. There are men posing as women and women posing as men. Also, many Web chat programs provide you with only a modest level of privacy. The city you live in can sometimes be traced through your computer's IP address. It is important to give out as little information as possible about yourself in order to protect yourself. (After all, you are talking with strangers.) There are software products you can purchase that can help to keep your identity under wraps.

Adult Entertainment Industry and Webcams

A review of the current state of webcams on the Internet would not be complete without spending some time discussing the adult entertainment industry's webcam use. During a standard Web search for webcams, you will be greeted on the results page by a warning that your “search has generated some sexually explicit results.” While browsing the Web (and especially while perusing webcam directories and webcam-related Web sites), you're likely to see Internet Friends Network pop-ups advertising “personal intimate webcams.” You can choose to “see or be seen” at many of these sites, and you can choose to see others from a wide variety of categories. Much of the spam you find in your email points you to sites where you can pay to watch men and women performing a variety of acts in front of their webcams.

You'll note that most of these sites require users to register and log in before displaying adult entertainment content. During the registration process, you'll be required to confirm that you're over the age of 18. Many times, you'll also be prompted for a credit card number. As mentioned above, if you choose to visit some of these sites, please exercise caution. Refer to the safety tips above before you give out personal information.



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