A Cyber Disguise

“Our cyber world and cyberspace are infested with so many cyber scoundrels, cyber criminals, cyber sluts and cyber punks – that is virtually impossible for the cyber police to catch or stop them using known cyber techniques and save the cyber phobia of millions of cybernauts, many of whom are cyberholics!” ~ Tapan Bhattacharya, The Shrinking Universe.

The midweek Word Prompt over on GC and my site Weekly Prompts is Cyber Invitations.

A female devil 2I’ve received a couple of those, but not entirely in the same mode as the ones GC was talking about!

Gerry has received several invitations to write an article for someone else’s blog, and the ‘blogger’ concerned is refusing to take NO for an answer. Later today, he will publish a follow up article on his personal blog, The Main AIsle

Meeting new people in cyberspace is an enjoyable pastime, and I’ve become quite close to some, but it can be difficult sorting the wheat from the chaff, and perhaps more so when the online blogger has declined to add a profile.

Should we be more wary of the faceless blogger, the one without a profile?

In reality, in cyberspace reality that is, anyone can add a picture and information about themselves, but is it real, is the blogger real?

How odd that even in cyberspace, a profile picture and a modicum of information, convinces most of us that the blogger is genuine!

A person can create as many WordPress accounts as they choose, using different e-mail addresses and different names for each; and for a person who delights in playacting and deceit, it would be relatively easy for them to take on different personas, though they would need to be in possession of a good memory!

To conclude – I too have received an invitation to guest blog, and I felt honoured to be asked, but in this instance; I know my host is genuine and I know exactly who it is!

© SueW-nansfarm.net 2019 Word Prompt Cyber Invitations from Weekly Prompts

Clipart courtesy of Google.


28 thoughts on “A Cyber Disguise

  1. What a fascinating and serious topic Gerry’s come up with this week.

    Before I read your response, Sue, I imagined that bloggers without profiles were either just beginning as bloggers or naive about the importance of presenting themselves as the real people they are. Your response has given me much food for thought. It will prompt me to be even more cautious in my cyber behaviour than I am already.

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    1. Initially, this prompt came across as a difficult one, and I hadn’t a clue how to respond.

      I realise there are bloggers out there who hide themselves for genuine reasons, and equally, there are those who hide behind false profiles to fool and deceive us.
      It’s easy to believe that the faceless one, the private one, is the cyber scoundrel, but that may not be the case.
      Thank you for your input Maureen.


  2. Cyberspace can be a scary place at times. I find the ‘keyboard warriors’ are the ones I have most trouble with and they are usually people I know in real life. We just have to be careful. However, there are many great people we get to know, who otherwise our paths would never have crossed, including people like yourself, Sue. As always, a great, thought provoking post.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind comments Trev.

      I agree with you, I have met some lovely people since I began blogging and I’m delighted to have met you and Debbie. 🙂

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    1. And so many reasons why! Some prefer anonymity and that’s their prerogative.
      I sometimes think I should curb the information I reveal. 🙂 thank you Arlene.

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  3. Yes Sue, I know cyberspace
    Can a be a dishonest place
    Like talking to aliens from outerspace
    False profiles and no trace
    I hate bloggers with no face
    And no what “Abouts” is a disgrace
    To stay anonymous, I think they’re a mental case

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  4. Right you are! Exactly we never know who is in the other end and anyone of us can have fake and real profiles. I admire your post talking about fake people and profiles due to which we face the cyber crimes. We must not be fake if we really care for peace and love in our lives.

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  5. Murphy's Law

    “Crikey” and ” Pernickety” …… I learned two new words today! 🤗

    Even though I’m not a blogger, only a follower, I try to be very careful who I choose to follow. Initially my daughter, who has a blog, introduced me to two bloggers she thought I would enjoy following. She was right. I also love reading all the comments, and eventually checked out some of those blogs. That’s how I expanded the number of blogs I follow. That’s how I found you, through Lois/pets and prisoners.

    I always introduce myself with a bit of background info, explain how I came upon the persons blog, etc. I am fully aware that I might not be welcome, and I accept that. I have found the blogging community to be totally welcoming to me, and because of that, I have met you. 🤗🤗

    It’s such a shame that the Internet has been invaded by those who wish to do harm. Nothing’s safe anymore. 😢

    🐾Ginger 🐾

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    1. I’m glad you found me Ginger, I’ve enjoyed our interaction.

      I’m glad I’ve added to your vocabulary too.

      These despicable individuals invade our lives from all directions. The other day, I answered the phone to someone with an Indian accent. He told me he was from the Fraud Squad and went on to tell me my bank account had been hacked, money had been stolen and he could help me get it back!
      I started laughing and told him I agreed with him completely, he definitely was a Fraud. Then I thanked him for his call and politely told him to P*** Off! Thank you Ginger 🙂


  6. gc

    Great article Susan. I will wager that many readers will assume that my prompt concerns itself with sexual invitations only. There are many types of invites. Many are wholesome and genuine while others reek of deception and exploitation. The receiver of such an unexpected invite should be cautious, visit the inviter’s site and make a judgement call for themselves.

    Making a snap decision to merely click such an invitation could be a bad judgement call.

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    1. I have to admit that when you first mentioned the e-mails, my first thought was along those lines, but that’s probably because I’m your other half. Everyone is aware of scammers and those intent on gleaning our identities 🙂


  7. I get a number of follows from people who don’t have real sites. The link takes me to a site that has a notice that it doesn’t exist or is under construction. I always think this is weird, like people on Twitter with private accounts who follow (then you have to ask permission to follow them, and I never do–and sometimes block them). It seems if you’re out looking for people you might like, then you’d put up your profile and make some posts. So it does seem a bit sinister and even though most people are nice, it’s good to be aware.

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  8. Important and well-written post, Sue!

    When I first started blogging (on a blog site that has since pretty much gone away 😦 ) I was too too too trusting of people and what I shared, etc.
    So when I came over to WP in 2012, I decided to follow my adult children’s advice and go very private. Even being private I have gotten to know people through their blogposts and they have gotten to know me through my blogposts. Some friends I met as long ago now as 13 years ago. And some who quit blogging still keep in touch with me via phone calls, texting, and, of course, e-mails. A few of us even send snail-mail to each other. 🙂

    I worry about the kids of “tomorrow”…like our grandchildren. I worry about their safety online as everyone has gotten w-a-y too comfortable and everyone now feels w-a-y too safe and some people are putting too much of themselves out there.

    I was so sad, years ago, when I realized how quickly some took the internet (a good thing) and began sharing bad on it. 😦

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    1. I remain amazed at how many lovely people I’ve met since I began blogging. Such a shame that there are those who are intent on spoiling it for us.

      I respect your decision to remain private and I’m glad that others can see the other side of the coin.

      Thank you for your important input Carolyn 🙂

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      1. I think everyone has to do online their way….what makes them feel comfortable.
        Sadly there will always be those people online who are out to cause trouble. It is sad and scary. 😦 And the bad-eggs have only gotten more skilled at what they do. 😦

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      2. Sorry for not replying earlier, I had an 08:00 AM appointment and needed to leave.
        You’re right, there will always be those dreadful human beings who will always be hell bent on causing havoc amongst us. Thank you Carolyn. 🙂


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