In addition to privacy, it should also be noted that Instant Messages are transmitted as clear text, using insecure protocols and that these messages use nonstandard attachments may not be scanned for viruses.
It is important to remember that, in order for your Instant Messaging client to be secure, your computer must also be secure.
Respect others Think about how a text message might be read, before you send it.
Just like e-mail, text messages can be taken the wrong way.
You should never give anyone else's number out without asking them if it is OK first because you never know what they are going to use it for once they have it.
If the person asking is genuine, they will not mind you saying "No" until you have checked it is OK.
You still do not really know who you are talking to/texting with and they might not be telling you the truth about themselves.
With any face to face meeting, you should tell someone where you are going, take someone with you and arrange to meet in daylight in a public place (like the mall). Wandering around with your phone in plain view can be dangerous.
You should always follow the basic rules for online safety and Netiquette (online etiquette).
It can be very difficult to get a post removed from a Newsgroup or Forum so be careful what you write.
The biggest risk with online discussions is that you might inadvertently place yourself in danger by revealing too much personal information about yourself online.
Unlike chat, which takes place in ‘real time,’ online discussion postings are archived and remain online (unless they are removed by the discussion’s moderator, for example) and can be read by anyone, if the discussion group is a public one and by any of the members, if the community is a private one.
Think about the message you are sending and use emoticons to convey the meaning of your text, like lol (laughing out loud) and.