UMA Kompton: Trolls on the internet are nothing new, but they’re annoying. An overview of what an Internet troll is and what they do is as follows.
A person who sows discord on the Internet by starting arguments or upsetting people, often for their own amusement, by posting inflammatory, extraneous.
Or off-topic messages in an online community (such as a newsgroup, forum, chat room, or blog) with the deliberate intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion” (Wikipedia).
Uma Kompton is an Internet troll who goes by the moniker of Uma Kompton. But here’s the deal: Kompton isn’t a genuine person’s name (but the person in the photos is a real person, though.
Natalya Ulyanina is her true name, and she didn’t marry her cousin (read through her Instagram page to find out why).
Someone took Ulyanina’s images and made an account under the name ‘Uma Kompton’ on her VK page* (VK is Russia’s equivalent of Facebook).
By the way, the VK page does not take you to Ulyanina’s page. To see anything on that site, you’ll need to sign up or check in with your Facebook account.
Ulyanina was contacted by Buzzfeed and asked if she was aware of the individual posing as her online. Ulyanina claims she hasn’t heard of the ‘Uma Kompton’ storey, and neither has her husband.
She has also denied having any knowledge of the VK website, but Buzzfeed has guaranteed her that the owner of the bogus account would be prosecuted. Later, the impostor tweeted the following:
Don’t believe anything you hear about me in the media. It’s all a ruse.
-@UmaKompton* -Uma Kompton (@UmaKompton) -Uma Kompton (@UmaKompton) 26th of January, 2016
*As of right now, @UmaKompton’s Twitter account has been suspended. You can see it for yourself on Twitter.
Now, the reason I’m bringing this up is because it’s frightening how one innocent-looking photo you post on the Internet may have a negative impact on your reputation.
You’ll find some outrageous captions for some of her images if you scroll through her Instagram feed. And ‘Uma’ herself probably didn’t (or wouldn’t) add captions to her own photos.
This ‘Uma Kompton’ facade might happen to you as well! It’s an oblique caution to everyone else to double-check their social media settings and, if necessary, reset their passwords. Trolling is a pain in the neck; it’s irritating and not at all amusing.
Oh, and don’t forget to double-check any online shopping accounts that store credit card information for rapid checkouts (such as Amazon.com). Not everyone (including myself) logs out of their Amazon account, and this could put your bank account at risk.
Of course, here are some password suggestions:
-Never use consecutive numerals or letters (e.g., 1234) (abcd or ABCD).
-Use a mix of capital, lowercase, numerals, and special characters unless otherwise specified by the website. (When creating a password, certain websites do not allow the use of digits or special characters.)
Your birthday. Alternatively, your first and last names.
-Don’t use your favourite colour as a password because the most popular favourites are red, blue, green, yellow, and pink. (If you really want to use your favourite colour, try something a little more complicated with some other special characters mixed in, like turquoise!&aqua!)
-Also, never disclose your password with anyone. Even if you have the greatest of friends, with whom you’ve shared all of your highs and lows, don’t reveal your password to them. Make a note of it and hide it somewhere no one else would think to look.
What’s the best strategy to protect your password? I’m going to remember it. It’s not easy, but it’s worthwhile. A password that is remembered provides lifetime security insurance. (I know that quote was terrible, but you get what I’m getting at.)
It’s much better if you keep your account secret in terms of privacy settings.
I understand that keeping your account private is inconvenient because anyone wishing to add/follow you won’t be able to see any of your images, and you’ll get requests rather than straight followers/friends. It all boils down to these types of people on the Internet, when you think about why this has to happen.
If you don’t want to keep your account private, I recommend being selective about who you add and who you accept as followers.
Because not everyone on the Internet is kind (as you’ve probably seen and heard in the Amanda Todd case), go over their profile as well. On the Internet, being curious can sometimes save your life.
Don’t turn into a troll; instead, be smart, have a thick skin (even in real life), and smile!
-If the Buzzfeed link doesn’t work, here’s a Distractify piece that is similar.