How to Stay Safe Online

It is important to be a safe digital citizen these days due to the rise in the number of malware viruses and online scams occurring throughout the USA.

However, many people are unsure as to how to go about being safe online – here are a few tips to help you keep yourself and your family safe when surfing the web.

Defend Your Computer

It is important to ensure that all software, including your web browser is up to date as they will be the safest versions to use. You should also ensure that you have anti-virus software installed as this will make certain that your computer is safe from attacks and hackers.

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Always remember to keep your firewall turned on and protect your wireless router with a complicated password that no one will be able to guess.

Never click links or images on pop ups that look suspicious – they normally are.

Protect Your Information

Before you input any sensitive or personal information into a website – including your bank account details ensure it has SSL security in the form of an https URL and a locked padlock symbol which will be found in the URL box.

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Always remember to never give out personal information in the form of an email as you are never sure who the recipient may be.

Strong Passwords

When creating passwords ensure they are strong and hard to guess. It is a good idea to include numbers, letters and capital letters. Also, use different passwords for different sites as this will make them harder to guess. You can also use a password checker online now to see how strong your password actually is.

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Be Social, Be Safe

When you are on your social media profiles, turn off your location settings. This way you can control how people search for you and how much information they can find out about you.

It is also important to remember that anything you post online can be seen by thousands of people and cannot be removed. So, be vigilant about what you are posting. It is also worth being careful about what friends you accept – only accept ones you know personally.

Your Children

More and more children are going online now so it is imperative they understand how to be safe online. Therefore, it is important that you teach them the golden rules to online safety.