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