Privacy and Security

How To Be Safe On The Internet

Scams

Scams are every where and can end very badly for those who are not careful enough on the internet. Here's a few ways you can avoid falling victim to them:
  • Don't click on any "Free Trial Offers"
  • Don't log into free wifi all the time
  • Don't click on any AntiVirus pop ups claiming that you have a virus on your computer
  • Don't wire any money to unknown charities
  • Avoid sending money to people who you don't know (might have met someone online)

User Agreements

No one ever really reads the terms of agreement and many people just scroll through before hitting the "I agree" button. But within the fine print lies some important information that gives the companies rights that are a little bit scary.
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Examples

Social Media - If you post pictures on some social media websites, they can also own it and use it to their advantage because of what you could have agreed.


Buying Things Online - Some online stores state in their user agreements that you don't actually buy the item (movie) you just buy the license to it.



OnStar - They can sell your information to anyone they want to along with giving authorities the data as well.

Below there is a trailer to a documentary about the terms and conditions from different websites and how your online privacy is invaded because of it.

(The full documentary is available on Netflix.)

Terms and Conditions May Apply Official Trailer #1 (2013) - Documentary Movie HD

Passwords

Have passwords that are a string of complicated, random things but not too hard to remember.
  • It can be a string made up of letters, numbers, or symbols
  • Avoid making it obvious like using your birthday or your pets name or 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
  • Write it down somewhere secure to make sure you don't forget it
  • Make several for different accounts on different platforms
  • Change it every year or so to be on the safe side

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