10 Internet Safety Tips
The internet is intended to be a safe place for everyone, but there are still some risks that come along with using it. Here are 10 tips to help you stay safe on the internet:
1. Use Strong Passwords and Never Reuse Them
It’s easy to remember one good password and reuse it across all your accounts. But if just one of those accounts gets breached, then all of them are vulnerable.
2. Be Careful What You Click On
Phishing emails are a common way for cybercriminals to try and trick you into giving them your personal information or infecting your computer with malware. Be very careful about what emails you open and what links you click on, even if they appear to be from a trusted source.
3. Limit Your Personal Information and Data
The less information you share about yourself online, the better. Be very wary about filling out forms or surveys that ask for personal information like your birthdate, National Insurance number, or credit card information. And think twice before posting things like your home address or phone number publicly online.
4. Keep Your Software Up-to-Date
One of the best ways to protect your computer from malware is to keep your software up-to-date. That includes your operating system, web browser, plugins, and any other applications you have installed.
5. Employ Two-Factor Authentication
Whenever possible, enable two-factor authentication (2FA) for additional security. That way, even if someone is able to figure out your password, they’ll be unable to get into your account unless they also have your phone.
6. Use a Secure Wireless Connection
When you’re using a public Wi-Fi network, be aware that others may be able to see the data you’re sending and receiving. Avoid transmitting sensitive information (like login credentials or credit card numbers) over an unsecured connection.
7. Enable Privacy Settings and Use a Firewall
Most web browsers and social media platforms have privacy settings you can enable to help protect your information. And if you have a computer, it’s a good idea to install a firewall to further secure your network connection.
8. Make Sure Websites Are Secure
When you’re entering sensitive information on a website, make sure the page is secure. You can tell if a page is secure if the URL starts with https:// and there’s a lock icon next to it.
9. Watch Who You Meet Online
Be very careful about who you meet online and be cautious about any in-person meetings. It’s best to stick to meeting people you know in real life or have met through a trusted source.
10. Think before You Post
Remember that anything you post online is permanent, even if you delete it later. So think carefully before posting anything, especially if it’s something personal or could be used to embarrass or hurt someone.