How To Stay Safe Online?

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Community Manager

How To Stay Safe Online?

 

Internet has been an integral part of our daily lives. But the widespread use of the Internet with little to no internet safety can jeopardize your personal data and information online.

 

 

Here’s top 5 tips to stay safe on social media:

 

 

  1. Create strong and complex passwords.
  • Creating strong, unique passwords for all your critical accounts help to keep your personal and financial information safe online.
  • Be sure to use a longer password, at least six characters long, although for extra security, it is always advisable to use an even longer password.
  • Never use the same password for different accounts. Include numbers, symbols, and both uppercase and lower uppercase letters.

 

  1. Click smart and be wary of every single email you received.
  • Do not automatically click on links in emails as they can be fake and direct you to malicious sites. If you need to check the legitimacy of the links, type in the web address yourself.
  • When in doubt, always call the bank or other company that sent you the email.
  • Do not respond to anyone who tells you your computer is infected with a virus, even if they claim they’re with Microsoft, Apple or your internet provider.

 

  1. Be a selective sharer.
  • Not everything you read online is necessarily true so always check the source, and if it’s doubtful, a little online research could save you from being victimized.
  • Be mindful of how and where you share your location.
  • It is advisable to share your location with friends you know in person and read through the service’s privacy features before using such a service.

 

  1. Lookout for the latest scams as scammers will always have their tricky ways to entice their victims online.
  • Do some research before donating online to make sure the charity is legitimate and that the money is going to the right place.
  • Avoid sending cash or wiring money online, instead use credit cards if possible, otherwise debit cards or legitimate payment services like PayPal.
  • Choose your online merchants carefully, and shop only when you know it’s reputable.

 

  1. Be careful what you download.
  • Read reviews before downloading smartphone apps.
  • Know and use the privacy settings for any devices, apps or services you use.
  • Pay attention to any permissions apps request as you install them. If an app asks to access your location, contact list, calendar or messages or to post to your social networking services, consider if the app really needs that information to function.

Taking precaution steps while browsing the Internet will help to protect Your personal data and information that you shared online. Let’s not share things that can put you in danger and be a smart internet user. Happy browsing!