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Today, February 5th, 2019, marks Safer Internet Day, so I thought I’d take this opportunity to share with you all a few tips on how best to protect yourself online, so we can work together for a better internet.
You’ve heard it before, but creating strong and unique passwords for accounts is the best way to keep yourself safe. Strong passwords can prevent people from committing fraud and other crimes, including accessing your bank account and impersonating you on social networking sites. Here are our tips on creating a strong password:
Protect your privacy on social networks:
Social networks such as Facebook and Instagram are a great way to stay in touch with family and friends, see what people are up to, and find out about local events. Just make sure you protect yourself against people who might want to steal your personal information – take a look at these tips:
Scammers will often send ‘spam’ emails in the hope that people will enter their personal details. You might be directed to a ‘bogus’ website, or tricked into thinking you’ve won the lottery or some sort of prize. Some of these emails may also have a link or file attached for you to open – opening these links and downloading these files can be harmful to you and your computer. Here are our tips on recognising email scams:
If you see a suspicious email, don’t reply to it or open any links. Delete the email straight away. If the email claims to be from an organisation, contact them directly using details found on their official website to find out more.
False and misleading claims may be made about medical-related products, such as miracle health cures, and fake online pharmacies may offer medicines cheaply. However, the actual medicine delivered can turn out to be poor quality; it might not actually work; it may even be harmful to your health. Here are a few things to watch out for:
Cyberbullying is any form of bullying which takes place online. It affects people of all ages and from all walks of life. It can lead to feelings of low self-esteem, distress and even depression. Here are some steps you can take if you’re either victim, or see cyberbullying taking place:
Online Community guidance:
Finally, here's a reminder of our own guidance on staying safe and protecting your privacy whilst using the Community...
The Online Community can only be used by those aged 16 years and over.
Please remember that all the information that you post here is public – it can be read by people not logged in to the Community and potentially found through search engines. Discussions and blogs, including any images you post, are all public; only your profile and private messages are private.
Do you have any tips you feel our Community might find useful when it comes to staying safe on the internet? Go ahead and share them in the comments section below.
If you’ve any questions about using the Community, staying safe and protecting your privacy on the site – you can always email myself and the team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Good article Jimmy and a great reminder to people using the community to protect their real identities by not using their real full names etc.
I didn't realise that profiles were private if not logged in so that is useful to know too
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