Golden rules of internet safety
Always read privacy policies of websites so that you understand what they are going to do with your personal information. Some sites will share it with other companies.
When signing up to websites like twitter or forums think about using a nickname don’t use your real name.
Check your privacy settings on social media sites so that only friends and family can see what you post.
Be cautious about who you add as a friend, many people on the internet are not who they say they are.
Don’t give out your passwords to other people
Make sure you have anti-virus software installed on your PC or laptop, some android devices also need anti-virus software.
When shopping on-line make sure the website is secure. Look for https:// in the web address or the locked padlock icon at the bottom of the web page.
If you post pictures of yourself be aware that they can be shared and altered by other people, they could also be used for identity theft.
Keep your postal address and your main email address private. Consider getting a web based email to be used when signing up for membership to sites.
Make sure if you have a web cam you understand how it works and the security settings on it, people can take over your web cam and view what you are doing without you realising it.
The links below will take you to websites that offer help and informtation about using the internet safely
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