Why is it necessary to stay safe online?
Nearly all of us connected via our computers, laptops, tablets or mobile phones. The internet is a very valuable source of information, entertainment and for keeping in touch. But you could also be at risk of abuse or illegal activity. This could be bullying or fraud or something more serious. People on the Internet aren’t always what they first seem.
Just like in the offline or real-world, it is important to learn how to stay safe on the Internet.
Some Essential Rules
Don’t send photos of yourself to anyone, especially pictures that are indecent.
Don’t give out any personal information ie your phone number or address.
Don’t open any emails containing attachments from people who you don’t know.
Be wary of online friends that you don’t actually know in real life.
Never meet up with someone in person who you have only ever met online
You have a lot of freedom on the Internet, and this can leads some people to behave in ways that they would not normally behave in public. They may post statuses that they would never say face-to-face. Or they may give out personal information about other people or themselves that would usually keep private.
The more personal information you have online, the bigger the risk of identity theft. Where possible, you should keep your personal information to yourself. This includes your email address, phone number, postal address, banking information and photos. You should be aware of the risks of identity theft and fraud. If someone steals your identity then they can commit crimes that may put you in danger or steal money.
Spam is unsolicited bulk emails, this is especially true of advertising. Do not respond to spam emails, you may get ripped off.
Phishing emails are used to acquire sensitive information from you, such as usernames, passwords and bank card details.
Viruses are programs that may be harmful to your computer. These are also known as Adware, Malware, Spyware and Trojan Horses. Ensure that you have adequate anti-virus protection that is kept up to date.