Safety over the Internet

Be Cybersmart!

Here are some quick points to get us all started on the road to Internet safety. These are straightforward practical advice on how to steer clear of Internet hazards, be it from sending an e-mail, socializing online, making purchases or simply surfing the Net.

Keep your Online Identity secret or at least guarded!

Internet identity (also called IID), or internet persona is a social identity that an Internet user establishes in online communities and websites.

Your Username and Password belong to you and only you!

The username and password combination, aka login, is a set of credentials required for users to log in to websites.

The Internet has a great Memory... So keep its memory of you clean!

Google your name and you'll be amazed by the data that seems to live forever. Keep in mind that almost everything on the Internet is traceable.

Information about you can be sold to others. Don't trade personal information for freebies.

Identity theft is a form of stealing someone's identity in which someone pretends to be someone else by assuming that person's identity, usually as a method to gain access to resources or obtain credit and other benefits in that person's name.

Secure your computer with anti-virus, anti-spyware, and anti-malware tools.

Your computer and therefore your data are vulnerable to viruses and exploits.

Know the terms and privacy policy of any service you use!

Your access to a site or software is conditional upon your compliance with these terms of use.

Pay attention to the risks of email, social media, and an online presence!

Emails or any form of information that makes you uncomfortable should be dismissed.

Be good online; just as you are offline.

Don't be a cyber-bully and don't offend anyone. Don't do anything you wouldn't do face-to-face.

Periodically review your Internet contacts and online activities.

Make sure all your accounts have only been used by you.

Check your credit reports.

Minimize the risks of using your credit card by checking your bank activities regularly.

Be extremely wary of meeting a stranger in person.

If you must meet a stranger, don't go unaccompanied and chose public, crowded places.

Discuss (online) problems with family and friends!

Your family and friends will always help you if you're in trouble or in doubt.

Report cyber-bullying!

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