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5 Golden Online Safety Rules Every Internet User Should Know

Although the World Wide Web has been around for quite some time now, the truth is that many people still don’t consider online safety to be a serious matter. After all, what could happen when you are sitting in front of your computer, in the comfort of your own home?

In fact, there’s a lot that could go wrong when it comes to the dangers of the Internet – and this is true both for adults and for teens/children as well.  From cyberbullying to cybercrime, there are a lot of issues connected to the world of the Internet – and internet safety statistics are quite revealing in this sense.

According to the studies, 14% of the students in the 10th-12th grades have agreed to meet online strangers in person. Moreover, 14% of the students in the 7th-9th grades have had sexual conversations online and 7% of the students in the same age group also admitted to having been asked to talk about sexual things online.

What’s more, online safety is not a problem that aims at children only. In fact, adults can be targeted by cyber criminals just as much as children. From having your identity stolen to having your computer broken into, there are tens of ways cyber criminals can attack you – and with serious repercussions on your “real life” too.

How to stay safe online? How to be as sure as possible you avoid the wide range of dangers that can arise on the Internet? Read here and find out more.

Educate Your Children

Statistics show that more than 75% of the American children aged under 8 have access to a mobile device. Under these circumstances, educating them about the importance of online safety is absolutely crucial. Be open with your children and tell them about the risks of talking to strangers online. Also, don’t avoid to talk to them about the risks of not telling you when something makes them feel uncomfortable online. From sexual predators to inadequate content and cyberbullies, there are a lot of risks associated with the Internet and children – and being educated and open about it is one of the best ways to prevent anything bad from happening.

Furthermore, keep in mind that there are many tools you can use to monitor your kids’ activity online. From apps that help you filter the emails your children receive to apps that monitor how much data your kids use on their mobile devices, there are a lot of resources that can help your children be safer when they are online.

Don’t Click on Suspicious Links

Staying safe online is not about children only. Unfortunately, there are many online safety issues adults can be exposed to as well. In fact, things can get more than serious with this kind of problems – and many have lost a lot of money, their reputation and even their jobs for simply clicking on the wrong link.

Cyber criminals have become extremely deceitful in the ways they lure Internet users into their traps What’s more, according to the specialists, 2015 is about to become even more dangerous for everyone online. Of course, there are many tools to filter a lot of the malevolent links that flood our inboxes every – but even so, there are still a lot of emails that still get through all these filters.

Phishing, pharming and Social Media cybercrime are on the rise – and one of the best methods to steer clear of these online scams is by using your common sense whenever you receive an email. Furthermore, be aware of the fact that there are many Social Media links that could hide malware that is extremely dangerous for your privacy and for your personal data. Thus, you should also avoid clicking on Facebook/Twitter links and videos that appear to be fishy.

Keep Your Online Banking Secure

Online banking is a really helpful tool, especially for those of you who don’t want to waste time waiting in line for simple formalities. However, the truth is that mobile and Internet banking can pose serious risks if you don’t pay attention to some basic online safety rules.

Choosing an account that factors two criteria for authentication and creating a genuinely strong password are two of the most important rules when it comes to online banking safety. Also, you should avoid emails that claim to be from your banking services provider and require you to enter your personal login details as well.

Last, but definitely not least, keep in mind that it is extremely important to access your online banking portal from secure locations. Avoid doing any kind of transactions when you are connected to public Wi-Fi spots because it is very easy for someone else to simply break into your computer and steal all of your personal data.

Check the Websites before You Give Them Your Details

Before you give any kind of personal information to a website, please make sure to check if that website is genuine. According to Avidia Bank, there are many cyber criminals that create fake Government websites and attract people into sending them their personal information. If you want to avoid this kind of situations, double-check the site, see if it’s “real” and check with its extension too (Government websites always end in “.gov” so they will be easy to recognize).

This stands valid for just about any other type of website that requires you to enter your details. Keep online safety in mind at all times and avoid giving up your personal information to any website that seems odd even in the slightest way.

Be Smart about Your Online Shopping

Online shopping has become increasingly popular over the course of the past few years – and it is perfectly understandable why. From the fact that products are delivered right on your doorsteps to the fact that many of the items are actually cheaper online, there are a lot of attractions when it comes to shopping on the Internet.

However, you should keep online safety in mind as well. Steer clear of obscure shopping websites, look for the small lock sign at the top of the page (right next to the address) and never give all of your personal details to anyone. No matter how attractive an offer may seem, your online safety is more important than shopping from questionable online stores! 

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Comment by Jen McDonough "The Iron Jen" on November 2, 2015 at 4:07pm

GREAT tips - thank you for sharing Jeromy.

Those stats are a bit depressing however with every generation comes "new" issues and cyber issues have plenty of problems that can come with it. 

Comment by Tom Henricksen on October 29, 2015 at 6:30am

This a very timely post, I know in my community this has become a big problem recently. With two kids I am seeing how important online safety is!

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