This year we are celebrating the Safer Internet Day for the 18th time. This time its slogan is "Together for a better internet!". You might ask: but how can you work together when everyone is sitting separately at their computer or with a phone in their hand? The answer is very easy. One way is to share your knowledge and ideas with someone. And that's what we want to do for Safer Internet Day.
On this occasion, we want to share with you a few tips on how to stay safe online. Perhaps you already know some of these methods and use them in practice, but it is worth remembering about them once in a while.
Don’t reveal your personal data to strangers
We are used to the fact that on the Internet you can find information on every possible topic. However, this does not mean that we have to publish every detail of our life on social media. Of course, there's nothing wrong with sending a private message to a friend, but not every person needs to know everything about us. The telephone number, address and data from documents are examples of things that we should keep private for our own safety. When using the Internet, it is worth asking yourself: who will see the information we share and do we want this person to see it?
Don’t reveal your passwords to others
If you have accounts on some websites, you certainly need the appropriate password to log in to them. This password should be kept secret, as it may prove dangerous to reveal it to someone. What if you give someone your account password and they change it? You may then lose access to your data. And if that person later starts changing your account information, it can lead to even more trouble. To avoid this, do not reveal your password to anyone. For this, you can try to keep the password strong. The more different characters (upper and lower case letters, numbers, special characters), the harder it is to guess the password.
Use antivirus software
Sometimes, one accidental click is all it takes for our computer to catch a virus. Sometimes we don't even notice it. And computer viruses can mess up a lot and damage our equipment. To prevent this, we can use an antivirus program that will protect us against such situations. However, we must remember that the program should be updated - then it will be more effective.
Don’t download files from sites you don’t know
If you come across a website that you think is suspicious, better not download any files from it. There is a risk that you will download a virus on your computer. When in doubt, try to find information about this page. Check opinions about it or ask your friends if they know it. If you still have doubts, better use a verified website that you already know.
These few simple ways will allow you to use the Internet safer and more consciously. It doesn't matter if you use it on a computer or a phone - the rules remain the same. Safer Internet Day is a good opportunity to practice good habits on this topic.