Today is Safer Internet Day – an annual celebration observed in over 170 countries. Did you know that every half a second, a young person clicks something online for the first time? Not only that, but over 800 million children actively use social media. With the theme once again of “Together for a better internet”, their journey and safety in the digital world is everyone’s responsibility. Please join us in recognising this important day as we share our Top Ten Online Safety Tips. By following these steps, you are ensuring your personal information is protected as well as making sure your friends, family’s and young people’s privacy is secure.
Top Ten Online Safety Tips:
- Complex passwords – Creating unique passwords for your accounts truly is the best way to keep your personal data safe. Using a password manager will help generate complex passwords.
- Use a secure network connection – Outside the office or home office, never be tempted to use free public wi-fi – consider investing in a VPN
- Multi-factor authentication – Make use of additional security measures on your devices, such as fingerprints, face recognition and passphrases
- Be aware – Stay alert to phishing emails and scams – help friends and family who may be less tech-savvy
- Selective Sharing – There are countless opportunities to share personal information online, particularly identity info – be careful what you share
- Shop safe – When making purchases online, ensure URL starts with “https” instead of “http” and there is a padlock in the URL field
- Use a firewall – Firewalls ensure all devices connected to your network are secured – many do not come equipped with security measures
- Careless clicking – Never click unknown links and offers that seem too good to be true – set parental controls on children’s devices
- Use privacy settings – Social sites have privacy-enhanced settings which are often hard to find – enable these privacy safeguards
- Keep software up-to-date – Keep your devices and software up-to-date so you have the latest security patches
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