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Internet Safety Tips for Everyone

15 May

  • Consider adding only people you know well and trust to your ‘friends list.’

  • Do not give away personal or any identifying information such as name, home address, school/college name, or phone number in public places such as chat rooms or bulletin boards. Do not send anyone your picture without your parent’s or guardians permission.

  • Be wary when someone online offers you gifts or money for nothing in return. Be really careful about any “interesting” offers that involve you meeting or having the person visit your house.

  • Make sure that the person you are dealing with is someone known and trusted by you and your parents, before giving out any important information about yourself through e-mail.

  • Do not put personal information in your IM (instant message) profile. This includes posting your photos as well because they can be copied and saved from the system screen by anyone.

  • Always keep your passwords private. Do not share even with your best friend. None of your online services will ask for them, so neither should others.

  • If a person makes you uncomfortable by writing something, do not respond. Either block or report that person. Never respond to such messages.

  • Refrain from having a face-to-face meeting with someone whom you know only online without informing your parents or guardian. Even if you agree to meet the person, take an adult with you.

  • Have in mind that whatever you write on the Internet is not private, including your email. So be wary of what you type.

  • Keep your system properly protected by having powerful updated security patches, a strong anti-virus program, and a good firewall.

  • Do not open unknown emails links or attachments. Just delete them or mark as spam. Most often, such mails contain viruses.

  • Scan your system twice a week. Virus scan all the downloaded files even those from known persons.

  • Scan all external devices such as USB sticks and hard disks before using them.

  • Since you cannot see or hear people online, attackers can easily misrepresent themselves tricking you into giving sensitive information.

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Posted by on May 15, 2014 in Internet Security

 

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