Internet Safety

By: Drew B.

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Passwords

Change your password monthly. Don't make your password easy to figure out. Use letters and numbers. Don't share passwords with others. Don't reuse the same password among different websites.

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The average Web user maintains 25 separate accounts but uses just 6.5 passwords to protect them, in a study from 2007. The ancient art of password cracking has advanced further in the past five years than it did in the previous several decades combined. At the same time, more people have been using the same password on multiple accounts now security provided by the average password in 2015 has never been weaker.
Internet Password Safety

Privacy Online

The more information you share online, the easier it’s going to be for someone to get their hands on it. Don’t cooperate.

Take a look at your social media profiles and keep them barren—the people who need to know your birth date, email address and phone number already have them. And what exactly is the point of sharing everything about yourself in your Facebook profile? If you care about your privacy, you won’t do it.

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Protect Yourself Online

Never post your personal information, such as a cell phone number, home number, home address, or your location on any social networking site or through mobile apps like Snapchat or Instagram.Never meet in person with anyone you first “met” on the internet. If someone asks to meet you, tell your parents or guardian right away. Some people may not be who they say they are. Never respond to mean or rude texts, messages, and e-mails. Delete any unwanted messages. You may need to delete friends who continuously bother you or post things that are not appropriate.

Identity Theft Online

Have a good password to prevent people from getting into your online accounts. This will allow you to not have other people on your websites pretending to be you. Watch out for copycat sites of financial institutions, they may be fake and try to steal your info.
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Online Scams

Internet crime is on the rise, It has doubled in the past ten years. Research firm, Gartner estimates that nearly 15 million Americans were hit by online fraudsters last year--largely due to a wave of phishing e-mails seeking to steal users' identities. Scammers send you an e-mail that tries to lure you to a legitimate-looking Web site where you'll be asked to enter personal information. It is fake and if you fall for it, someone is ready to take your Social Security Number and start opening credit card accounts.
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Computer Viruses

A computer virus is a small software program that spreads from one computer to another and interferes with computer operation. A computer virus might delete data on a computer, use an email program to spread the virus to other computers, or even delete everything on the hard disk. Computer viruses are usually spread by attachments in email messages or by instant messages. Therefore, you must never open an email attachment unless you know who sent the message or you are expecting the email attachment. Viruses can be disguised as attachments of funny images, greeting cards, or audio and video files. Computer viruses also spread through downloads on the Internet. They can be hidden in pirated software or in other files or programs that you might download.
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Kids Need to be Aware of Computer Games

Never give out any personal information in online games. Tell parents right away if there is something that makes you feel uncomfortable. Don't meet anyone from online.
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Be Safe on Online Shopping

Thieves will try to take your sign-in credentials and credit card information. They pretend to be real internet shopping sites. To prevent this you need to only use familiar websites to shop on.
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Sexting

Never send any inappropriate things online. Sending nudes or anything inappropriate would have terrible consequences. It is illegal to send any inappropriate pictures. If convicted an individual could face up to 20 years in jail and/or a fine. In addition, the offender will generally need to register as a sex offender.

Cell Phones

Cell phones are a great way for people of this day in age to get social. There are also down sides. You need to not do inappropriate things on your phone. All you need to do is be smart, if you wouldn't show it to your grandmother then don't post it. Follow the rules to internet safety and you'll be fine.