Safety Online

Stay Safe Online

Strong Passwords

A strong password is a password no-one will guess. It should be complicated and includes numbers. Your passwords are the most common way to prove your identity when using websites, email accounts and your computer itself. The use of strong passwords is therefore essential in order to protect your security and identity. The best security in the world is useless if a malicious person has a legitimate user name and password. Choose a password with a combination of upper and lower case letters, numbers and keyboard symbols such as @ # $ % ^ & * ( ) _ +. (for example SP1D3Rm@n – a variation of spiderman, with letters, numbers, upper and lower case). However, be aware that some of these punctuation marks may be difficult to enter on foreign keyboards.

  • Choose a password containing at least eight characters. However, longer passwords are harder for criminals to guess or break.
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    Secure Wireless Connections

    If you have a wireless network set up at home make sure it’s secured. When you have an unsecured wireless network even people with a basic computer knowledge can connect to your network, use your connection for downloading illegal material and easily see every single things you do on the internet.

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    Good Virus Protection

    To stay safe you must have some sort of virus protection; some are free but some you might have to pay for. If you have a virus protecter its stops your computers, phones etc from getting viruses.

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    BlueTooth

    If you have bluetooth on your e.g. Phone then you must switch it off when not in use because if its on and your in a busy place then someone could hack into you phone and take things like pictures,contacts and your details. I suggest you also have a password on it to keep it protected then it will be harder for people to hack you phone.
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    Online Shopping

    Make sure in the search bar it beggings with 'https' which means the website is secure. If you shop on a wedsite and its just 'http' then the website isnt secure which means when you put your details in someone could take them because the website isnt secured. When you online shopping or about to put you card details on make sure its secured by checking the bar at the top starts with 'https'.

    Online Gaming

    When your online gaming you must make sure you know who you are talking to because if they are someone you dont know then they might not be the person they're telling you they are. Online Gameing is one of the worst things to be spamed or hacked, Xbox live has become a vitom.