Internet Safety Rules

Modern technology gives us the convenience and freedom of communicating with people around the globe for work, play, entertainment and buying and selling. However, with so much available for everyone, chances are you will run into a few undesirables and phony business sites. Fortunately, there is a way for persons to protect themselves and their families from predators and fraud.

Listed below are the top 10 internet safety rules to follow.

#1. Children and the Net

Educating yourself about internet dangers will equip you with knowledge when you explain internet safety to your child. That is why it is important to keep the communication line open and casual between yourself and your child when you instill rules about internet use. Ways you can advise your child on safe internet surfing are:

  • Don’t ban your child, but instill practices for surfing
  • When your children chat with people, make sure the computer is in an open area
  • Tell them to report any content that makes them uncomfortable
  • Don’t make friends with people they don’t know
  • Choose sites that have privacy policies with children in mind
  • Have a security filter on your computer

#2. Stay Private

Some sites require you to give out personal information when they don’t need it to fall under categories such as online surveys that ask for your age, yearly income, etc., and online forms. As simple as a business site asking for newsletters, an email address is enough to get further information about you.

Try to give a minimum amount of knowledge when it is requested. If you join a social media site and must put up birthday information, display it as private rather than public.

#3. Keep Yourself Safe

It takes very little information for hackers to steal your identity or spy on you. Adding safety software to your system is an extremely effective way to prevent spying. Spyware comes with additional tools such as automatic monitoring, time-saving networks and keystroke recognition.

#4. Guard Your System

Make sure your privacy settings on all social media sites are set for family and friend access alone. Although Who may charge your account to private, social media policies constantly change.

The information you pass on to others might be visible to them and accessed through their pages. Ensure you close out your email and social media accounts properly and never press the ‘remember my password option on your laptop or computer.

#5. Delete Old Accounts

If you stop going on a certain social media site, it is best to delete it rather than leave it open. Having any information floating around in cyberspace will leave you vulnerable to attacks.

Sometimes even deleting doesn’t get rid of everything, so you might want to change your password, erase and delete some of the info, ex. Photos and documents and then close the account.

#6. Would You Put That Out?

Even though that picture of someone doing something they shouldn’t appeal to your sense of scandal, turn the tables and think how it would feel if someone did it to you. If you are thinking about exposing yourself in a photo or telling an off-colour joke, imagine your parents or someone in authority reading or viewing it and see if you would be comfortable with it. Remember, whatever you place online for the world to view can’t be taken back.

#7. Stick With Who You Know

The temptation to add as many people for social status and popularity may seem strong. However, it is irresponsible and immature, especially while you are still in school. If someone wants to meet you in person and communicate with them on a casual basis, it is best not to do it.

#8. Embrace Anonymity

There is no need to use your real name on social networks. Use a nickname and try to use different accounts for work, recreation and family. Never use personal information like your mother’s maiden name or your school name. If required for a bank account or other unique online form, use a fictitious name only you know about. Also, remember never to give your password out.

#9. Respect Others

Sometimes people get caught up in a ‘fun’ idea and may suggest to you that you hack into a friend or co-workers email or social media profile. While it may seem exciting and easy to get away with, it is wrong, against the law and displays immature behaviour.

#10. Send Direct Messages

Unless you are confident about what you display online, keep your chats and conversations private. General announcements are fine but sending direct messages while on social media sites provides you with more safety. Creating a personal account for this purpose is advisable.

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