July 6, 2007, Newsletter Issue #73: Private rooms

Tip of the Week

Most chat communities offer the ability to chat in private rooms. The conversations and activities that take place in private rooms is rarely monitored although the usual Terms of Service and Community Standards rules apply. Private rooms are created by one person. The person who created the private room, then, invites other people/person into the room and gives them a room name. No one else can enter the room unless they know the room name. Private rooms serve two important functions. If you are exchanging sensitive or personal information and don't wish to be "overheard", a private room can keep other chatters out of your conversation. Private rooms are also a great way to avoid chatters that cause you trouble. Don't let the phrase "Private Room" fool you. There is no such thing as true or total privacy online. Make sure to review your chat company's privacy policy before jumping into a private room. It's important to know how closely the company monitors and logs all communications.

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