Stay Safe Online
- Be careful what you ask for - think what you could get from what you asked for - searching for "free images" can provide all kind of results including pornography.
- Always use search filtering - like Yahoo's or Google's SafeSearch which remove results that are inappropriate - be aware however they're not perfect.
Do not make passwords easy to guess - see below for more information
If you're using a computer in a public place who's looking over your shoulder? If you're using a public or shared computer make sure you trust the owner of the computer (so he/she is not logging your password) and only ever connect to websites securely (look for that closed padlock).
- Avoid re-using the same password across various websites - if someone knows your password they could access all of your websites.
- Do not use "easy" passwords - simple words, phrases or personal information can be easily guessed, so don't use passwords like "password", "1234poiu" or "letmein" - make sure your password has a mix of uppercase and lowercase characters, numbers and punctuation.
- Never write down your password in an unsecured place - if you have to write them down make sure they are kept very securely so no one can easily steal them.
- Forgotten passwords - make sure you keep your password recovery details up-to-date, so if you do need to reset your password you can be contacted easily.
- Your bank will not ask you to sign in - they may offer you a special offer, or tell you about new products, but they will not ask you to sign in.
- Never use the link in the e-mail - the phishers make the link look legitimate but it goes to their fake site: always manually type the link in to make sure you're going to the real website.
- Never agree to meet someone you met online - you have no idea who they really are.
- Never give out any personal details - you have no idea who you're talking to.
- Avoid using your real name - so you can protect your real identity.
- Never open an attachment from someone you don't know - you have no idea what it contains.
- Never open an attachment from someone you know but weren't expecting - viruses can pretend to be someone you know and send e-mails from them.
- Always make sure your Anti-Virus is up-to-date - check frequently that your anti-virus updates and do not rely on it updating automatically.