Please remember that what is viewable in the chat room is also viewable by the public at large. Please be aware that should you post any personal information in any of the main chat rooms then this is also viewable by the public. What is said in private messaging is private and only viewable by you and the person who you are private messaging with.
You may sometimes see adverts on Chat-Buddy.com and in our chat rooms. Although some of these adverts contain cookies they are strictly used to track what adverts have been clicked for statistical purposes.
At times we might show external links to other website normally chat rooms or chat related website that you might come across. Chat-Buddy.com has no control over the privacy of other websites.
When you enter Chat Buddy and provide any data, we use it purely for the purpose which it was given.
Confidential information is never disclosed to any third party. We recognise to the highest importance your privacy.
In order for you to get the best from Chat Buddy we sometimes place a very small file known as a cookie on your computer. Don't panic this is very normal when visiting a website. A cookie is basically a text file of information that allows us to recognise your browser. To learn more about cookies and how to manage them via your browser/device please visit http://www.aboutcookies.org
These are temporary cookies, which are erased when you close your browser or switch of your computer. Session cookies are sometimes used on Chat Buddy for instance remembering your chat room preferences, so you do not have to set if you want the audio on etc.
All our chat rooms are monitored regularly.
If you have any concerns about our chat room privacy then please contact us
Never give out any personal identifiable information through the chat room. This is good common sense but it's surprising the amount of people that share pesonal information without fully realising
Be very careful who you chat to as people may not be who they say they really are. Just as in the real world there are a few strange and odd people, chat rooms attract all sorts.
Never arrange to meet someone off-line, this can be very dangerous. If you really want to meet someone through Chat Buddy then please meet them in a public place and inform members of family/friends where you are going and when you expect to be home. Make sure you have a get out clause ready should you wish to make a swift exit.
Contact us if someone is bothering you through the chat room. Remember that Chat Buddy can only help you with what goes on through the chat room and not away from the website. We can only give you advice if it's nothing to do with Chat Buddy.
Use a non identifiable chat room user name, it's never a good idea to divulge your real name. If you wish to give out your real name then just give out your first name, never ever give out your surname and exact location.
Remember that trust with other chat room users is built over time, so don't be alarmed if sometimes people come across cautious.
I CANNOT EXPRESS THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS but never click a website URL which you don't recognise.
Most people have been using the net for quite a while now. Most people would have also heard the word firewall at some point. You may have heard something like I can't access due to the firewall.
A small business can sometimes have similar security issues that a home network might have. You can use a home network firewall to protect your network from potential hackers or malicious websites.
In a nut shell a firewall is a barrier to keep something bad away from your network or PC.
A firewall is basically something that sits between your pc and the internet adding protection to your pc and your information.
YES Make sure you have a firewall. For more information on Firewalls please check out the information provided by Microsoft.
I'm sure most of you are aware of what a virus is. A virus is generally a malicious piece of software that is installed on your computer without you realizing. Providing you have effective up to date firewall you should be protected from most viruses.
It is always good internet practice to become familiar with file extensions. For instance jpg, jpeg, png are all image file extensions so generally considered safe. While the .exe file extension is a no go. In other words never open a file which ends in ".exe" unless you know it has come from a very trusted source. NEVER open any link that someone may send you on Chat Buddy.