Wednesday, 9 October 2019

8 ways to to stay safe online.

Hey readers, 

The internet is amazing and you can get so much out of it.

 However, it does come with dangers so it is important to be mindful of what you are doing and making sure that it is safe. 

Below I have given you my top 8 tips on how to be online.


1. Personal information. 

A simple rule to stay safe online is don't give out personal information and limit what you share such as your address, mobile number or email address. 

Think before you post online such as videos yourself, once you put out the information out there it is easy for people to see and download. 

Don't befriend people you don't know if you have any concerns talk to someone you trust. 

Remember that not everyone is who they say online so always be cautious. 

2. Careful what you are downloading.

A big thing for cybercriminals to use apps to trick you into downloading that contains malware. It is important to check beforehand if an app is legit and if something doesn't feel right or you don't trust that app then it is best not to. 

3. Invest in a VPN. 

A good thing to invest in a VPN which stands for Virtual Private Network.How VPNs work is by providing a secure and encrypted connection to provide greater security. 

You can access the internet through a remote server and then hiding your real location, browsing history and encrypting your data.

 Overall it gives you to be safe and anonymous and less risk bad happening when browsing the internet. 

4 Look out for the latest scams. 

Scammers occur frequently on the internet. Be mindful of the spelling and the wording of emails, normally the email looks odd and the spelling is dreadful.

 Also when an email is to send it doesn't use your name but something like a dear customer. There is normally a link that the scammer is trying to get you to click on and also desperate for your personal information. 

Finally, the email is done in a text within the picture and the image contains a hyperlink embedded within the image is a bogus site. 

5. Strong passwords. 

A key way to protect your safety online is to create strong passwords. Make the password with 12 characters, including numbers, include & and % and capital letters. 

Make sure you use different passwords instead of one password for each site. 

6. Avoid HTTP websites. 

It is better to avoid HTTP websites and use https as they have a lock and are secure to use. 

7.  Use caution when meeting someone new online. 

Remember to meet people in a public place and make sure that someone knows who you are meeting and when. If something does not feel right walk away and find somewhere safe to call someone. 

8. Internet history.

It is advised to clear browsing history often to maintain your privacy and not hold onto old cookies which can still be used. 

What ways help you keep safe on the internet? I love to hear your thoughts in the comment section down below. 

Cheers for reading X 

6 comments:

  1. Excellent advice. It's so easy to let your guard down online when you never would in real life. This post is a great reminder to take extra care x

    #PoCoLo

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  2. Great tips. I'd also caution about what photos you post online. Pics of kids in school uniform etc are a bad idea. I generally think people don't give online safety enough thought. headed over from #thatfridaylinky

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  3. Great advice. I talk to my kids about online safety a lot, and include all these things when we're chatting. I do think it's something people don't think about enough when they're sharing their lives online.
    Thanks for linking to #PoCoLo

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  4. I suspect half of us don't keep ourselves as safe as we should. Hoping our children will be more savvy moving forwards #ThatFridayLinky #BinkyLinky

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  5. I need to be more conscious of this! Thank you.

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  6. Some really great, handy tips! Staying safe online is so important and I am drilling this into my daughter - for all its positives, there are some downsides to the internet, it's best to be savvy and stay safe! Sim x #PoCoLo

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