• Christopher Channer

Tips for Safer Internet Day 2021

We wouldn't be much of an IT Support company if we didn't celebrate and spread the word about Safer Internet Day that happens each year on February 9th.

Today, you can pretty much do anything on the Internet. You can play games, connect with friends, purchase that new outfit you didn’t think you needed but now know you do. It’s an extraordinary feeling to have an infinite amount of access to information and entertainment at your fingertips. On Safer Internet Day we acknowledge these vast developments and the difficulties that may come with these changes. We have compiled a list of simple tips you can implement today for you to have a safer Internet everyday.

How to make every day a Safer Internet Day for you, your business, and your family

  • Never share personal information on social media, instant messaging apps, or chats. You never fully know who is can see these messages so, because of this, don’t accept requests from people you don’t know. Also, try to avoid giving out personal details such as phone numbers, addresses, personal photos, and other private information unless it is someone you know and trust.

  • Only use secure pages when shopping online. To make sure that the page is secure, look for the yellow lock symbol which appears in the search bar or in the lower right part of the screen.

  • Be careful with attachments. If you use instant messaging or email then you will know that it is common to get emails or messages from unknown sources with attachments or links. It’s best not to click on these links, but rather type the address into the address bar. Also, be careful when accessing trailers for films, ads, or downloading games.

  • Use secure passwords. Having different passwords for different accounts, which you should be changing frequently, is a great way of protecting yourself from cybercriminals. If you detect something odd, report it immediately!

  • Learn to recognize scams. These online methods of deception are well known, but be suspicious if someone tries to convince you that you’ve won a lottery that you never even entered. Your bank won’t ask you for access codes by email, either. A good antivirus is able to detect these threats and, along with some basic security knowledge and common sense, you can rest assured that you can avoid falling for these traps.

  • Security awareness and parental control are the best ways to be safe online. It’s important that you know the risks that your kids are exposed to online and that you educate them about what to do in certain situations. A good parental control system will help you to ensure that your kids have a safe and fun experience online.

  • Protect your PC with a reliable security solution. By always keeping your PC protected with modern security software and you can also ensure the safety of all your family online.

  • Be careful with public Wi-Fi networks. Everyone has used these open networks at some point, be it in a café or a train station. Sometimes it isn’t avoidable, so when you do use them be sure to take extra measures to protect yourself. Always look for the lock symbol in the address bar and avoid carrying out any financial tasks.

  • Always be nice. Treat people online just as you’d like them to treat you. As for children, if they see anything that they don’t like, they should mention it to their parents, teachers, or someone they trust – they’ll know what to do.

  • Say to your children that if they have doubts about surfing the net they should speak to you or another adult figure.

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