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Online Safety: 5 Practical Tips to Stay Safe Online

Technology has evolved rapidly over the last few decades and has become prevalent in our daily life. Over 3 billion people across the globe use the internet, with an estimated 2.34billion people active on social media. Yes, the internet is a digital revolution; however, as the scope of the world-wide web has grown, so have the threats to your online safety. There are now many dangers to online users whether they are simply consuming information, using social media or shopping online.

In this blog, we’ll highlight the top 5 tips for your online safety.

Get anti-virus software

Make sure you have anti-virus software downloaded on your device. Make sure you keep it updated. Some are free – so really there are no excuses.

Make sure a website is safe and secure

Look out for the padlock symbol after the web address or ‘https’ at the beginning of the web address in your browser. Be especially vigilant on any websites before entering any personal details such as passwords or payment details.

Online Safety means you think twice before posting online

Be careful when sharing photos and videos on social media. Try to avoid photos of your home, school or work. There are many cyber criminals looking to steal your identity and the more details you provide, the more convincing profile they can build.

Check your social media settings

Only allow your family and friends access your profiles and pages. You can do this through the privacy and security settings on every social media site and if you get stuck simply use Google to source a step by step guide. It’s always good to inform your family and friends to do this too to ensure they protect their own identity and any information they share that is yours.

Don’t post any personal information online

Don’t post any personal details such as your mobile number, physical address or email address publicly online. Online strangers could use this information to find out more about you. Also, publicly displaying your date of birth can make you more vulnerable to identity fraud so try and keep this private.

If you would like to keep one or more devices safe and secure, Mobile Guardian offers the perfect mobile device management solution. Our dashboard makes it easy to oversee any device and block certain content which stops students and children from accessing it. Why not download our free trial and test it out at your school or home? If you have any enquiries please get in touch.

Panashe Goteka

EdTech Advocate and Enthusiast with a penchant for Community Building

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