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10 tips for better online security

Norton introduces 10 tips for better online security in conjunction with Safer Internet Day.

By Winnie Nelson

We have World Internet Day and International Internet Day and now we have Safer Internet Day (SID). Technology can sometimes be a tricky thing but we don’t have to be a computer wizard to stay safe. SID is organised by Insafe in February each year to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones. Such awareness is especially targeted to children and young people across the world. This year’s SID is the tenth edition of the event, taking place today with the theme of Online Rights and Responsibilities. Focusing on the theme “Connect with Respect” aims to resonate with its young target audience.

In conjunction with Safer Internet Day 2013, Norton by Symantec urges internet users to stay safe with the following 10 tips.

  1. Never reveal your personal information because you don’t know who might be watching you. Refrain from putting personal details online such as home address or telephone numbers as cybercriminals may use this information and create a fake profile with these details.
  2. Do know that everything you post online stays online. This means your potential future employer or university admission teams may get to see that unflattering side of you through social networking sites. Therefore, be sensible in what you share online.
  3. Remember to check your security and privacy settings. Try to limit the visibility of your own page to people whom you are comfortable with to share those precious posts, photos or videos.
  4. People always commit faux pas when it comes to password safety. It is better to choose a password with a mixture of letters, numbers and upper and lower case characters. Never share your password with anyone even if they promise not to tell anyone. You are your own vault.
  5. Going that extra mile to lock your phone may seem like a hassle to some but truth is, it is that extra second of unlocking effort that will help to keep your mobile phone safe. Always protect your mobile device by making sure it is pin-protected. Download a security app to wipe out all data in your phone in case you mobile is lost or stolen.
  6. Being drilled from young, we are often taught not to talk to strangers. Same rules apply online. Never agree to meet up with unknown persons and report to an adult or police immediately if you are concerned about your safety.
  7. It is best to listen to the adults who know best because they are genuinely worried for your safety. We hear news of cybercriminals targeting unsuspecting teenagers and it is on a rise. Share concerns about mobile phone usage with a trusted adult if you are worried.
  8. Many have succumbed to online shopping and while it is not a bad thing, it can be damaging for your financial account if no safety concerns are in place. Always be wary of unsecured or unknown websites. Use reputable outlets and known retailers. Any transactions should only take place across secure web pages by identifying a padlock sign in your browser address bar and the website address includes https. The ‘s’ stands for ‘secure’.
  9. Sometimes we get suspicious links in an email, IM or on social network. Cybercriminals have known to hack into your friends’ account and send messages urging you to transfer money. Ignore when you know it sounds fishy.
  10. Most importantly, make sure your security software is up to date. Security software is available on all types of devices such as mobile phones, tablets and PCs. Make sure to have the latest security software on your devices to stay protected at all times.

Remember, going online can be fun but always remember to stay safe.

Source : Safer Internet Day

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