Camming Security and Privacy Tips

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Being a camgirl is job full of privacy concerns, and being able to handle them is what’ll make you successful in the long-term. Read on below for some security tips to keep in mind while camming!

 

CAMMING PRIVACY TIPS

Geoblocking

Most cam sites, including Myfreecams and Chaturbate with allow you to geoblock your location,  so you can be sure that your neighbor or that high school friend won’t be watching you. You can block anything from a state or province to a whole country! Unfortunately, some people can still get around the geoblock by having VPNs that change their IPs to look like they’re located in another country, which can give them access to your room.

Camming with Another Girl Precaution

If you decide to cam with another girl from out of state or country, be mindful of her geoblocks. She may have completely different locations blocked and is very likely to have your location unblocked leaving you visible to members from your state/province. Discuss this ahead of time and make sure you are on the same page regarding what you should do. Unless she has very high tippers in your location, I would suggest she block it for your visit to protect your privacy.

Removing Content/DMCA Takedowns

To further protect your safety and to make sure your recorded cam shows are not spread on the internet and visible to everyone, using a service like CamModelProtection can help you take down the stolen content and do DMCA takedowns on your behalf, automatically. There is no need to scour the internet to look for your screencaps and stolen videos, they provide this support in their package (Check out their free trial here). Remember to never file DMCAs yourself, because the forms require your real name and contact information, and you don’t want this information to be visible to the owners of those sites.

Be Careful about the Information you Share

Sometimes it’s really easy to slip up about where you live by mentioning a particular event you will be attending that is specific to your location, or maybe a restaurant that you loved, which can be easily googleable. Even quick views from your window can give things away if a member is familiar with the area. Be mindful of any items in your house that may have your name on it, like notebooks, picture frames, or even a Starbucks cup with your name written!

Don’t Open any Suspicious Links from Members

Any unfamiliar link that is sent in your chatroom, Twitter, or to your email can lead you to download a virus to your computer. With some links members can also find out your IP address and your exact location, so don’t open anything that looks off. Be especially cautious about any link-shortening URLs, like bit.ly.

 

SOCIAL MEDIA PRIVACY TIPS

Lock Down your Twitter and/or Instagram

First things first, make your Twitter and, if you use it, Instagram private and only accept people who are regulars in your chat. This way you not only prohibit people who live in your state/province from seeing you, but you also stop any images of you from being retweeted and spread on the internet. This will decrease your exposure in a big way, but of course also make it quite hard to market yourself online.

Use a Separate Email for Camming

This is a big one. Never use your personal email to sign up with cam sites,  Amazon wishlist, or any social media accounts. Keep business and personal life separate. This will also prevent any issues with apps sharing your details with your full contact list.

Turn Off Location Information on Photos you Post Online

Be very careful about inadvertently sharing your exact location through the photos you post online. If you have an iPhone, go to to Settings > Privacy > Location Services > Camera, and then select “Never” as the option, so that your phone will not store this info. Turn off your location on any social media that you use as well, so that no one will know where you’re posting from.

 

PHYSICAL SAFETY TIPS

Don’t Show your Address on Amazon Wishlist

When you go to make your wishlist, make sure you select the setting to hide/deselect your ship-to address from anyone looking through your list. This will mean that you might have to only accept giftcards or get a PO Box in another city, but it’s a great way to protect your exact location and not have someone showing up at your door! (This situation has happened).

Sending Mail and Gifts to Members

Girls who do raffles with physical prizes, like cookies or printed photos, need to be mindful of the fact that even when you don’t put your return address on the package, your city and post office address will still be visible on the mailing label. What you can do is either mail your packages from another city or only do digital prizes, like photosets and videos.

Meeting up in Person

While some girls are ok with meeting members, especially as raffle prizes, it can be a risky thing to do. There are many stories of camgirls being stalked, and by meeting up members in real life, you just open up that possibility even further. If you do decide to meet a member in person, always make your boundaries clear ahead of time, have someone around you, or at the very least, tell someone you trust about when and where you’re going. Not to say that every member you meet will turn out to be a stalker or cross boundaries, but it’s better to be safe than sorry!

 

Hope you found these safety tips helpful!

  • Zach Sawyer

    On Geoblocking,
    MFC has implemented monitoring of connections through VPN and will contact the viewer (if registered) for an explanation. This is a good security step for continued safety. I’m not certain if CB has followed suit.

    VPN (Virtual Private Network) connections can be made to servers anywhere to obfuscate the user’s true location. Say you’re in California and block the state, a viewer in CA can VPN a connection to say Kansas and presto: no block.

    Zach Sawyer – Web and Security Consultant

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