Article kindly provided by Sneha Vijay.
Online safety is an important aspect of everyone’s lives.
With ever improving technology and more people learning to use the internet, we should always remember to be aware of what we are doing online and whether it is safe. From privacy concerns, to identity theft and cyberstalking, there are many dangers on the web.
However, there are also many things we can do to maintain online safety. A few smart moves and a little vigilance will go a long way towards protecting you on the net.
Keep your personal information private
There are many opportunities to share information about yourself online. This could range from your age to your address. Lots of people using the internet are concerned about the level of personal information on there, and how it is used. Don’t post very close personal things, and always think about what you’re putting out there-make sure it isn’t anything that could make you vulnerable.
Think about what you post
Look out for phishing and identity theft – be aware of your internet presence
Check your accounts regularly
If you have a credit card, keep checking it regularly. If you notice purchases you’ve made or a sudden decrease in the amount, immediately contact your credit card company.
It’s tempting to choose the easiest password-but before easy think safe. Think of a password that is at least 7-8 digits long or one that has certain numbers or symbols in- to increase your safety. And don’t write it down!
Email attachments from strangers
These could contain viruses or malware-think twice before you open an email attachment. It’s quite common for email accounts to be hacked so it’s best to be on guard.