Protect Yourself

No “Fabulous Friday” today, but I still have something to say.

This week has been part relaxing and part exhausting. It was relaxing because I didn’t have to work and I was able to have a relaxing spa day at one of the best spas around. However, it was exhausting due to the fact that I had to consult with a legal team behind closed doors. To make a long story short, someone used my image and my voice without my permission. This person used this for his own benefit, and it was wrong. The person refused to withdraw my image, so I had to fight legally. In the end, I won, and YouTube noted the content would be removed.

There’s always a silver lining in the cloud, and this incident taught me a valuable lesson. This incident has taught me the following:

  1. Be cognizant of who you associate with and his/her motives. Not everyone who claims to be your friend is your friend, and not everyone has good intentions for you.
  2. Be aware of what you’re doing. Even if what you did was innocent and for good, someone out there might use that to portray you in a negative way. There are psychos out there. Be aware of that.
  3. If you’re going to seek legal actions, keep a record of EVERYTHING. Every file, record, email, video, etc. If you’re not good at keeping your information organized, you better learn how.
  4. Have a good lawyer…a damn good lawyer who is willing to really work for you.
  5. While going through this process, shut up. Don’t complain about it on social media. All that does is give your opponent leverage, and it makes you look extremely bad. Also, it’s going to be hard for someone to fight for you when you’re acting out of character. You can battle things legally and be classy at the same time.
  6. If you have friends, relatives, coworkers who are good in computer forensics, keep them in your inner circle. In a world of cyber bullies, they will be a good lifeline for you.
  7. Have a supportive team. Friends, family, etc.
  8. Know your worth, your values, and your rights. This isn’t a time to be naive and be a doormat. Become educated in your legal rights and understand the implications of seeking legal actions.

That’s all. I wish you a safe and wonderful weekend.