Staying safe online is something I believe should be taught as soon as we’re old enough to switch on a computer, create a Facebook page and own a mobile phone.
There are so many dangers online, from not knowing who you’re talking to, to identity fraud and cyber-attacks, the internet can be volatile so it’s important we protect ourselves and our children as early as possible.
Many of these tips will become second nature so they won’t seem like big changes to make but the sooner we start to make them and be more vigilant, the safer we will be.
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Whenever you set up a new social account such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Snapchat, you need to ensure you fully review your privacy settings before using it.
There is a whole host of personal information be gained such as your workplace, age, bank society and full name which can all be used to gain access into your life but even more worryingly now your exact location can be tracked which can be particularly dangerous.
Think About What You Post
It can be tempting to put all your life online, from photos and videos of events to nights our and messages between friends, but before you post anything, you should ask yourself if you really want strangers to see that content.
Once something is posted online, there is no guarantee it will ever be deleted so you need to be sure you are comfortable with that.
From getting unusual emails asking for personal information to a ‘friend’ on Facebook asking for your number or wanting to meet up, you should always be cautious online.
Scam emails have become very deceiving and you should remember your bank or any other reputable company will ask for personal details through an email or on the phone for that matter.
You should also report any scams immediately.
Download Anti-Virus Software
This is key to keeping your computer and safe from any virus which comes from the internet or emails.
It is important to remember never open or click on any links you are unsure of, simply report it or delete it. This also counts for any downloads that seem suspicious such as TV shows, movies or pirated programmes, it’s not worth the health of your computer.
Anti-virus software will help you detect these threats and shut them down before they have a chance to infect your software.
Regularly Change Your Password
We often get into the habit of using the same password for everything but this can seriously leave us at risk of being hacked. From our bank accounts to computers, we need to ensure we regularly update our passwords and make sure they are strong with a use of upper and lower case letters as well as numbers.