Five Ways to Stay Safe on the Internet

Whether you are a child or an adult, no one is immune from online phishers and hackers and other people or companies who want to steal our information and our ids. Or, even more worrying, internet fraudsters who prey on our children. How do we keep our private information private and not let it get out into the public domain? With a few simple tips and safe guards, you can manage your internet surfing and browsing without taking unnecessary risks and enjoy your time online.


Make sure you have a secure password and do not use ‘password’, you’d be surprised at how many people think it is original. Also, do not use something like your cat or dogs first name, or your favourites bands name, something you are obsessed with will easily give you away. Use a mixture of numbers, symbols and letters such as $86He(3Sl and if you can’t remember it then write it down but only somewhere where no one will ever find it.

Instant Website ID

Some browsers install a colour coded system so that you can instantly see whether a site is suspicious or trust worthy. Firefox uses the Site Identity Button which is in the Location bar to the left of the web address. When viewing a website, the Site Identity Button will display in one of three colors – gray, blue, or green. Gray indicates that the site doesn’t provide any identity information at all, blue indicates that the site’s domain has been verified basically, whilst green indicates that the site provides fully verified identity information about its owner, and that the connection is encrypted. Keep this in mind when visiting websites.

Anti Virus Software

Make sure you have the latest anti-virus software uploaded onto your computer and do not rely Windows basic security software. Norton Anti Virus is a good paid for software or Avira AntiVir is free to download. They will check everything that is downloaded to your computer from emails to pictures, spyware and keep malware out of your pc or laptop.

Phishing Emails

Be wary of emails from phishing scamsters. Typically these will come from your bank telling you there has been a security breach and you will have to log onto their website or fill in a document they have attached. Never do this, always close the email down and go directly to your banking page and log on from there. Other scams include telling you another email address has been added to a paypal or ebay account. Go to the site directly.

Customized Security Settings

Always go to your security settings and set what controls you want, this is especially important if you and your family use the same computer at home. And final tips, if using wi-fi when you are out and about, never do your banking or disclose sensitive information and if using a public computer make sure you completely log off and do not leave pages open where your password details are still available.

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