How you can stay safe and secure online

internet-safety

The Internet offers so many opportunities to explore, create and collaborate. But it’s important to keep yourself safe and secure, so you can make the most of it.

There are many different kinds of cyber crime. A criminal might try to gain access to your information – like your email password, banking details or social security number. They might do this by installing malware on your computer, trying to hack into your account, or tricking you into giving them the information. Then they could steal from you, impersonate you or even sell your details to the highest bidder. A criminal might also try to use the Internet to scam you, sell you fake goods or make you do things that cost you money. Or, like a thief who steals a getaway car without caring who the owner is, they could want your computer or a website you own as a tool to commit cyber crime.

Whether you’re a new Internet user or an expert, the tips and tools here to help you navigate the web safely and securely are simply good to know.

8 tips for staying safe on the web

Secure your passwords

Learn more about how to create strong passwords and keep your information safe.

Prevent identity theft

Know the common tricks that criminals employ to help you protect yourself from online fraud and identity theft.

Avoid scams

The web can be a great place, but not everyone online has good intentions. Learn three simple ways to avoid scammers and stay safe on the web.

Keep your device clean

Find out some common signs that your device might be infected with malware – malicious software designed to harm your device or network – and how you can protect yourself.

Lock your screen or device

You wouldn’t go out for the day and leave your front door wide open, right? Find out why you should also lock your screen or device.

Report abuse and illegal activity

Help yourself and others stay safe online by reporting people or companies who send spam, try to sell counterfeit goods, distribute malware, or are otherwise abusing our systems.

Use secure networks

Be extra careful when you go online using a network you don’t know, and learn about setting up your home router and WiFi network securely.

Manage multiple accounts

Many devices now support multiple online accounts. Learn more about how to control which account you use, and when.

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