Internet Safety: Protect Yourself
How to protect yourself when surfing the web.
Be Smart When Using Social Media
- Never friend anybody that you don't know very well
- Don't post about your location
- Never share your password with anybody
- Don't post anything that you wouldn't want EVERYBODY to see
- Remember that what you put on social media is owned by the Site
- What you post/your information is commonly sold to third parties
- Third parties use your information to target you with advertisements, etc.
- Remember that 82% of online sex crimes against minors use the victims social media account information, 65% of which were able to get the victims home address!
Know What You Are Agreeing to in Sites Privacy Settings
- Don't hit accept before understanding them fully
- Research the privacy settings quick to understand them fully
- If you don't agree with them do not accept them
Use Secure Passwords!
- Never share your password with anyone!
- Incorporate capital letters, symbols, and numbers
- Don't use generic passwords or "guessable" things such as birthday or graduation year
- Use long passwords
- Don't be afraid to change your password from time to time
- Know that more that 442,773 yahoo passwords alone were hacked in 2012
- Passwords such as "qwerty" or "password" are not good passwords
Browse the Web Safely
- Don't click on pop ups, advertisements, or anything trying to sell you something
- Don't search for inappropriate topics
- Remember that your computer leaves "cookies" on every site you visit, which trace back to your computer
- NEVER talk to anybody that you do not know, such as people in online chat rooms
- Only 16% of adolescents use chat rooms, but the majority of internet-initiated sex crimes occur there