Keeping Safe Online

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Keeping yourself safe when using the Internet is something everyone needs to know how to do. It is not always as technical or complicated as you might think. There is an excellent article on the Women's Aid website, which provides lots of useful information on how to do this.

We have included a button on our website that will take you to another web page if you feel you need to cover your tracks. However, by using the Back button it is possible for someone to retrace your steps from this page.

It would be quicker to have either multiple windows or multiple tabs open, and create some activity in each. This way you can close the tab/window with our website and still have a history on the other tabs/windows. You may still need to delete your history as shown in the article on the Women's Aid website.

One of the main reasons you can be vulnerable online is by sharing personal information inappropriately. What does that mean? It means telling everyone who you are, where you live, which school you go to, your mother's maiden name, and then telling everyone what you are doing, where you are going and when, and who you will be with.

Don't share personal information or complete online registration forms with your personal information if you don't have to.

It's easy to believe that other people online are trustworthy and that they are who they say they are. However, not everyone is who they say they are.

Before you share personal information online, think "would I like my mum /gran /teacher /etc to see or read this?"

It's also easy to get into a competition about how many "friends" you have. This may mean accepting friend requests from people you don't really know, or from someone you think you know - but who isn't who they say they are.

Taking time to check out friend requests before accepting them can help keep you safe.

Sharing photos can be fun and a way of keeping your genuine friends informed of what you've been up to. Remember, these photos may still be available online many years in the future and your future employer may see them.

Some employers check social media to vet potential employees.

There are ways to keep yourself safe by following the guidelines on the social media website. I wonder how many people spend time to read and follow these guidelines before they begin sharing their personal information? Have you read and followed the guidelines?

Below are some tips on keeping safe online; read on and make yourself safer. Share what you learn with your friends and help them be safer too.