Are you being safe on social networking sites?
These days, many of us share what we are doing and where we are through multiple social networking sites, like Twitter, Facebook, various chat rooms, etc.
It’s obviously fun and convenient to let all your friends know what you’re up to with one quick “status update”, but are those updates perhaps reaching an unwanted audience?
Raymond Dennis, 35, met Nimzay Aponte, 25, through AOL. He “was apparently angry that she expressed no interest in seeing him after the initial Internet connection”, according to NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly.
Dennis, who went by the name “Mike” online, somehow learned from Aponte herself that she would be at a career conference this past Tuesday afternoon. He then tracked her down while she was taking a break from the conference, and stabbed her on a park bench in broad daylight.
As the young woman died she was able to utter the words “Mike did it”.
Her friend, William Sherief, was sitting right next her when Dennis attacked, and suffered minor stab wounds.
Having previously served time for drugs and assault, Dennis was arrested Wednesday and charged with second degree murder.
This is the third murder since March, related to contacts made online.
Many of you may have heard the story about medical student, Philip Markoff, aka the “Craigslist Killer”, who was charged for murdering Julissa Brisman. They had connected online and met up in Boston hotel, where he shot and killed the NYC massuese.
Although there are so many benefits to all of these social networking sites, we want to remind everyone to be safe when using them – make your profiles private so only friends and family can see your detailed information, or do not offer too much information about yourself, such as addresses, phone numbers, etc.
Please share your thoughts on this very serious topic!