BuddyUP Safe Link

in buddyup •  6 months ago

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You did not get phished. Woohoo!





Safe zone!

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There is a big chance that you have landed on this page because you’ve clicked a [here](https://steemit.com/buddyup/@buddyup/you-are-in-the-safe-zone) hyperlink in your comments. This was most likely from somebody who is a member of BuddyUP, letting you know that they found your post on our server.


You are on this post because we want to make sure our members only share the Discord server, in comments, using a link to this page. This is so we can keep the external link symbol away from our comments so that nobody ends up getting their account details phished by someone trying to pose as us.

WE WILL NOT BE USING EXTERNAL LINK SYMBOLS IN OUR COMMENTS.

The external arrow symbol is present when a link is going to take you away from the Steemit platform. The external site could then ask for your key/password information, so they can steal your assets and credentials. Be cautious of phishing comments and if you see somebody posing as BuddyUP in this manner, using the external symbol after the date of this post, send us a direct message in Discord or steemit.chat.


Jump in

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To make this somewhat short and sweet, those of you who just want to dive over to the server and get involved, here is the link below:


https://discordapp.com/invite/3d5H3K8



Watch out

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For those of you who want to learn how to leave the correct comment to help more people get involved in BuddyUP, I’ll explain the reason and how you can go about doing it.

Whenever we find a really good post in #post-spot or any of the other POST POOL channels, we try to drop by to the content and share what we like about it. We always aim to leave a genuine comment where we express honestly what we like about the post. If the person comes along and joins BuddyUP, we can hopefully help them improve within the Discord community.




@coachjj & @tamala showing off what they've enjoyed reading



If they drop by to the server we can help to advise and let them know what we thought about the post. This detaches any improvement feedback from being on the blockchain and it reduces the chances of things becoming personal and sour. If you believe you can leave encouraging and positive feedback without causing upset, go ahead. Just be cautious of the writer; they might be younger, or they might take criticisms onboard badly.

I’m going to give some examples of the different comments we have left, as well as showing the external symbol () in them, to highlight why we are changing our approach.





As you can see, the comments we have sent are engaging, genuine and encouraging for the writer. Hopefully, the creator appreciates it and it helps fuel their fire here on the platform. The only problem is that they all use the external link symbol.


Below is an example of a comment that is attempting to phish your information:



You can see that there is an external link on the comment highlighted by this symbol. You can avoid clicking on one of these dangerous links by hovering, not clicking, over the link and seeing where it leads in the bottom left corner of the web browser.

This post has the link directly in front of your eyes, so you get the instant feeling of suspicion when you read the comment. Below is a snippet that highlights where to find the real link when you hover over the hyperlinks. The external symbol () will be present if it's leading you away from the site. Sometimes, the green hyperlink can say 'here', 'clickhere' or something along those lines. Use the hover trick to make sure you are not being directed to somewhere malicious.



You also need to be aware of images with embedded links, warnings that provoke some form of urgency from you (emails, direct messages in discord or anything else seeming fishy) and also miss clicks.

You need to be cautious and responsible for your own account. Always hover over the green hyperlinks and check if it directs you to a funny looking link. You should get a pre-warning if it is going to take you to a site away from Steemit, by looking for the grey arrow symbol beside the hyperlink, but you still need to be cautious.



New approach

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As you can see below, we show you the way that we used to direct people to our discord server using the ‘www.discordapp’ link:



Below is how we will be sharing our links from now, keeping all redirection on the Steemit platform, unless it’s in this post.



We want to keep the link to the server very short and we don't like to cram up peoples comments with logos and banners. If you'd like to add the message to the bottom of the comment, add; '@'username' shared this on the BuddyUP server. You can check out our community here '.

Remember, genuine comments only and any time BuddyUP is mentioned, we get notified with GinaBOT. So we are watching!



Be responsible

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Use your common sense. This account of yours is a valuable asset and if you are careless with your safety, you will probably do a little cry when you lose it.

Stay safe guys and don’t be careless.


We all grow together




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This is @calumam, thanks for reading.


All images are taken from Unsplash.com


Disclaimer: All snippets used by BuddyUP members are not a personal attack. This is my fault that the approach was wrong in the first place and I needed to realize the importance of it all after the fact. Great work from you guys! Continue to spread the word and encourage others but just make sure you use the new approach. Thank you!

Phishing is NOT COOL. We will do whatever we can to prevent our name being dragged into the dirt by people willing to steal other peoples hard work.

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Somebody thought @buddyup was big enough to try to phish with... that's sort of a compliment! Beware folks... it's the wild wild blockchain! Surf at your own risk. @ironshield

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Nobody yet thankfully! I just smoked a little joint earlier today, freaked out when somebody used the comment and Gina notified me. Sometimes a little anxiety isn't a bad thing.

Better to be ahead of the game I guess! Thanks for stopping by @ironshield.

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So I'm not the only one who watches for Gina messages after posting... :-)

@ironshield

That phishing link scams are really making it harder for people to trust clicking links. I scouted several people for the Promo-mentors group this week and only a few responded

It is great what you are trying to do and enrich the commenting and community spirit here in Steemit.

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It's a real shame but it was too be expected. I think it is just because a lot of people don't realize the ways to watch out for the dangers, so they just play it defensively; which is totally fine! I hope that by keeping all of the directions on the same platform, we can help people safely get over to the community.

Also, I want to give some form of guarantee that this post is safe to use for joining BuddyUP. I am considering making a standing point that all of our 'advertisements' for the community, in the comments, should not have an external link to them or people doing this will be banned from the community.

I'm going to consider this over the next week. It just means that we can steer BuddyUP's name away from any malicious attempts or directions to questionable sites. This could give us the position to deny any involvement with bad associations down the line.

Thanks @calumam. Seriously, I learn so much from you; I think this is a great idea!

This is an important project! I did totally click your link without knowing whether it would lead to steemit, or anywhere. I sure am glad you are the good people.

I do love the idea of this project. People like me are easily drawn into clicking and without understanding the blockchain technology you lose your steak in a heartbeat.

I am grateful for the invite to your group. I value engagement, which seems to be the goal of your channel. I need to reread this post and take a peek at your channel to see if I can hang with your standards. It does seem straight forward enough.

Thanks for doing important work by educating people.