Safer Internet Day 2019
When Safer Internet Day first took place in 2004, Facebook was just 2 days old, the must-have phone was the Motorola RAZR and Tweeting wouldn’t be a thing for another 2 years.
15 years later, the online world has altered dramatically. Technological innovation has created various new opportunities in communication, entertainment, education and other areas, but it has also brought a number of challenges. From trolls to fake news to data privacy breaches. For young people, in particular, the digital world can be the most incredible thing one minute and a difficult and damaging place the next.
This is where Safer Internet Day comes in. A global initiative that promotes the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology to young people. Safer Internet Day 2019 (#SID2019) takes place on Tuesday 5th February. Thousands of schools, youth groups, businesses, charities, police services and many other organisations around the world will be celebrating the theme: Together for a better internet.
In support of Safer Internet Day here are a few of our tips of being safer online.
1. Create Complex Passwords.
Creating strong, unique passwords for all your critical accounts really is the best way to keep your personal and financial information safe. This is especially true in the era of widespread corporate hacks, where one database breach can reveal tens of thousands of user passwords. If you reuse your passwords, a hacker can take the leaked data from one attack and use it to log in to your other accounts. Our best advice: use a password manager to help you store and create strong passwords for all of your accounts.
Then, check to see if your online accounts offer multi-factor authentication. This is when multiple pieces of information are required to verify your identity. So, to log into an account you may need to enter a code that ’s sent to your phone, as well as your password and passphrase.
2. Boost Your Network Security.
When at home or work, you probably use a password-protected router that encrypts your data. But, when out and about, you might be tempted to use free, public Wi-Fi. The problem with public Wi-Fi is that it is generally unsecured. This means it’s fairly easy for a hacker to access your device or information. That’s why you should consider investing in a Virtual Private Network (VPN). A VPN is a piece of software that generates a secure connection over the internet, so you can safely connect from anywhere.
3. Use a Firewall.
Even if your network is secure, you should still use a firewall. This an electronic barrier that blocks unauthorised access to your computers and devices, and is often included with general security software. Using a firewall ensures all the devices connected to your network are secured, including Internet of Things (IoT) devices like smart thermostats and webcams. This is important since many IoT devices aren’t equipped with security measures, giving hackers a vulnerable point of entry to your entire network.
4. Click Smart.
Now that you’ve put smart tech measures into place, make sure that you don’t attract danger with careless clicking. Many of today’s online threats are based on phishing or social engineering. This is when you are duped into revealing personal or sensitive information for fraudulent schemes. Spam emails, phoney “free” offers, click bait, online quizzes and more all use these tactics to entice you to click on dangerous links or give up your personal and sensitive information. Be wary of offers that sound too good to be true, or ask for too much information.
5. Be a Selective Sharer.
There are so many opportunities to share our personal information online. Just be careful about what you share, particularly when it comes to your personal or sensitive information. This can potentially be used to impersonate you or guess your passwords and logins.
6. Protect Your Mobile Life.
Our mobile devices can be just as vulnerable to online threats as our laptops. In fact, mobile devices face new risks, such as risky apps and dangerous links sent by text message. Be careful where you click, don’t respond to messages from strangers, and only download apps from official app stores after reading other users’ reviews first. Make sure that your security software is enabled on your mobile, just like your computers and other devices.
7. Practice Safe Surfing & Shopping.
When shopping online, or visiting websites for online banking or other sensitive transactions, always make sure that the site’s address starts with “https”, instead of just “http”, and has a padlock icon in the URL field. This means that the website is secure and uses encryption to jumble your data so it can’t be hijacked by others. Also, be on the lookout for websites that have misspellings or bad grammar in their addresses. They could be copycats of legitimate websites.
8. Keep up to date.
Keep all your software up to date so you have the latest security patches. Turn on automatic updates so you don’t have to think about it, and make sure that your security software is set to run regular scans.
9. Lookout for the latest scams.
Online threats are developing all the time, so make sure you know what to look out for. Currently, “ransomware” is on the rise. This is when a hacker threatens to lock you out of all of your files unless you agree to pay a ransom. Stay on top of this and other threats by staying informed.
10. Keep your guard up.
Always be cautious about what you do online, which sites you visit, and what you share. Use complete security software, and make sure to back up your data on a regular basis in case something goes wrong. By taking preventative steps, you can save yourself from difficulties later on.
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Charlotte Allkins | Marketing Assistant
Charlotte is the Marketing Assistant for Helm, coming from a design background she loves creating all types of content. Discover more of here blogs, as well as, many others here!
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