Your guide to staying safe online

April 12th, 2016 by The Mag Editor in Features

For most people, the internet has become a staple tool in day to day life. How many times a day do you go on Facebook, check your email, or ‘Google’ something? It’s a great way to connect, learn new things, explore and to discover information, but there a risks to be aware of when using the internet.

For most people, the internet has become a staple tool in day to day life. How many times a day do you go on Facebook, check your email, or ‘Google’ something? It’s a great way to connect, learn new things, explore and to discover information, but there a risks to be aware of when using the internet.

We’ve pulled together our top tips for staying safe online:

  1. Keep your personal information personal: Make sure you don’t share private details online such as your address or mobile phone number. And remember never to share your passwords and avoid writing them down.
  2. Keep your privacy settings as high as possible: Make sure you check your privacy settings are as tight as possible. Restrict people you don’t know from viewing your information. Ideally having a firewall or anti-virus software in place is useful, but if not, be wary of visiting unfamiliar websites or opening suspicious links.
  3. Think carefully about what you post:There is a lot to consider here but think about what you post or share or even comment on and what it could be used for. Would you want a potential employer to see it? Would you want anyone in the world being able to download that image?
  4. Remember that not everyone is who they say they are: You may think you’re talking to someone who is friendly and seems genuine but ultimately you have no idea who they are. It’s a good idea not to befriend people you don’t know or accept invitations from strangers.
  5. Don’t meet up with anyone you meet online: If you do start chatting without someone you’ve met online it’s important to remember not to meet up with them alone. If you’d like to meet someone in person take a responsible friend or family member along with you to ensure you’re safe and always arrange to meet in a busy environment, with lots of other people around, like a shopping centre.
Sources: BBC website | Safety Net Kids