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Staying safe online is easier than you think.

Our top tips for internet safety

Passwords

Don’t tell anyone your passwords, this can give other people access to your personal, private accounts.  Try to use ‘strong’ passwords, such as a combination of letters and numbers and don’t use something that anyone else could guess.  Change your passwords regularly. Some internet browsers have the option for your password to be stored, make sure that you always click ‘no’ if a website asks if you want it to remember your password.  It is also possible to clear any saved passwords, by using the Internet Options, or Security settings.

 

Clear your internet history and cookies

Any internet browsing will leave a trail, or digital footprint, on your computer and while it is possible to clear all your browsing history, be aware that if you share a computer with your partner, this may alert them to your actions.  Instead, try to only delete the website information you have used.

 

‘In private’ browsing

Most internet browsers have a facility to browse on the internet but without leaving a digital footprint on the computer, and so making it difficult for another user to see what you have been looking at on the internet.

To do this use the following instructions:

 

  • Internet Explorer – select ‘tools’ in the top task bar and select ‘InPrivate Browsing’
  • Firefox – click the menu button (at the top right hand corner of the screen, the small box with 3 horizontal lines in it) and select ‘New private window’
  • Chrome – click the menu button (with the 3 horizontal lines) and select ‘New incognito window’. This will open a new window, so just remember to close down the original internet browser which you opened.

 

Be careful what you post online

Remember that everything you post on the internet can be available to everyone to see, not just your chosen audience.  Always ensure your privacy settings are set at a high level – see our section on social media for more advice about this.

 

Think about whether you would share your information or photos with a big room full of strangers before you share anything online.  If you wouldn’t tell or show a room full of strangers, don’t put it on the internet.

 

Take care if you use sites such as Ebay or Gumtree to sell items online.

 

 

Remember to log out

This may seem an obvious statement, but remember to log out of any online accounts and close down your internet browsers to stop anyone else accessing your accounts.

 

If you have concerns about your partner or family monitoring your internet usage, always consider using a computer elsewhere, perhaps at a friend’s house, at work or the local library.

 

Safety is key

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