Ways You Might Be Breaking Laws With Your Computer

Dishonesty

Everybody tells a white lie every now and again, but there are some things you shouldn’t lie about.

Certain social media sites such as Facebook have a minimum age limit and for very good reason as there is often adult themed content to be found there. It’s very easy to open a Facebook account if you’re underage by simply lying about your age. It’s very easy because they don’t check. However when you click on a box to verify that the information you have provided is entirely factual you are entering a legal minefield if you’ve provided false or misleading information.

Using a fake name is also illegal. It supposedly reduces criminality if everyone has to use their real name. Not everyone does and they could feel the wait of the law for their dishonesty.

Using a fake IP address is also not allowed by law. It might be easy to do if you have the knowhow, but you shouldn’t. If you wish to remain more or less anonymous whilst online you can always use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to legitimately cover your tracks.

Earning money

There’s nothing illegal about that, but it’s whether you are declaring your earnings or not.

Selling on eBay is something which needs to be declared. While it’s almost farcical that selling something you bought for $10 five years ago today for $1 needs to be declared, it’s legally still considered income and is therefore taxable.

Working remotely is great and a lot of people do it, but what if you take your laptop on holiday to do a bit of work? Do you have a work permit for the country you’re visiting? No? Then I’m afraid you’re breaking the law.

Registering domain names for companies in the hope of selling them at a vast profit was something many tried to do at the turn of the millennium, but sadly it backfired. Companies sued many of these people for using registered trademarks illegally.

Cyberbullying

This is in the news a lot, but it doesn’t need to be a relentless assault to be classed as cyberbullying. One defamatory remark could be enough to land you in hot water. Extra bad if it also happens to be libellous.

Not paying for things

This was partly covered in the copyright section, but there is also the crime of circumventing paywalls. Online news outlets need to pay journalists and they have to get the money from somewhere which is why they often charge for articles. Some people have figured out how to work around these and it’s very clever, but sadly it counts as theft.

Going on the deep web

The deep web or dark internet sounds quite sinister and it can be. Venturing into this strange world could see you happen upon something which you shouldn’t and there are all kinds of illegal things you can accidentally click on. Stay away!

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