Let's Explore How to Stay Safe With the Internet
With smartphones, ipads, and laptops as an important part of our daily lives, it has become more essential than ever to think about our own online behavior as well as the behavior of others.
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Here are some of the things
that will keep you safe online :
1-Know security and privacy tools
Find out more about the tools you can use to help stay safe with ANY program you are using. There are usually PRIVACY settings on most sites like Google, YouTube, Vine, Instagram, Facebook and many others!
2-Keep your device clean
Is your device running a bit slower than usual? Maybe random screens are popping up? Does your bank account have unknown charges on it?
These are some signs that your device might be infected with malware – malicious software designed to harm your device or network.
Here are simple ways to help protect yourself:
Keep your browser and operating system up to dateMost operating systems and software will notify you when it’s time to upgrade – don’t ignore these messages and update as soon as you can.
Always keep an eye on what you click and download, including music, movies, files, browser plug-ins or add-ons Be wary of pop-up windows that ask you to download software or that offer to fix your computer. Often these pop-ups will claim that your computer has been infected and that their download can fix it – don’t believe them. Close the window and make sure you don’t click inside the pop-up window. Do not open files of unknown types, or if you see unfamiliar browser prompts or warnings asking you to open a file.
When in doubt, use trusted bookmarks for important sites, use your search engine to navigate to the site or type the site address directly into your browser. You should also check to see if the web address begins with https:// – which signals that your connection to the website is encrypted and more resistant to snooping or tampering.
When you do install software, make sure you’re getting the software from a trusted sourceSome programs bundle malware as part of their installation process.
If you notice something suspicious after your download – such as significant computer slowness, unexpected pop-ups or messages, or unfamiliar billing charges – uninstall the software immediately and make sure your anti-virus is running and up-to-date.
If your computer is infected with malware, remove it as soon as you can. One way to clean your computer is to scan it with at least one, and ideally a few, high-quality antivirus products.
3-Secure your passwords
Do not give your passwords to anyone! Use unique passwords with letters and numbers.
4-Prevent identity theft
Learn more about how to help protect yourself from identity theft.
With so much social media out there right now. It can be a great tool when used appropriately. It is important to THINK before you POST! Remember, once you post something...it is out there forever...even after/if you delete it. Keep this in mind:
TTRUE: Is your post true?
H HELPFUL: Is your post helpful to someone? The World? The Community?
I INSPIRING: Is your post inspiring? Is it positive and encouraging?
N NECESSARY: Is your post necessary? Can you live without posting it?
K KIND: Is your post kind? Posts should never be aimed at hurting others.