Staying safe online: easy steps to follow

Here's a few acts to take stay secure online and have a more enjoyable experience

We live in an inter-connected world with constant access to the internet. Many of us spend a large amount of each day scrolling through social media, watching videos or reading emails, but still there are plenty of people who are unaware of the dangers of being online.

The internet is an amazing invention with an almost endless amount of uses. It has improved our lives in so many ways, but it still can be harmful. To help prevent against its dangers, follow this simple guide to protect yourself online! 

Think about your password

Every account you sign up for will require a password of some sort. More recently, websites are asking for new users to create complex combinations of letters, numbers and symbols to avoid someone sneakily getting into your Facebook account, for example.

It is important to never give your password away to anyone, because doing so could provide someone with access to hundreds of your photos, your address, private information, or anything you wouldn’t want to reveal! Keep passwords to yourself, and try to have different ones for each account you use. 

Be careful before you post

Remember your posts on Facebook and Twitter have the potential to reach a much larger audience than you might initially imagine. Saying something that you might consider normal may seem offensive to someone of a different background or culture. 

The best thing to advise is try to act positive or neutral on social media. Remember – there is always someone on the other end to receive your message! 

Don’t willingly give away personal information

A simple tweet to a friend containing your phone number could potentially be found by anyone else on the social network. As a general rule, it is advised to never publish private information, such as your address, on any forms of social media. You don’t want this to fall in the wrong hands!

Act on cyberbullying

People who are suffering from bullying online may start to behave differently than normal, such as becoming more withdrawn and depressed. If you know someone who may be a victim of cyberbullying try to encourage them to talk, and report any suspicions to the college or another authority. 

Have a break

It can be quite easy to let social media consume a large part of your life. Social media addiction is often linked to poor mental health, so it is important to understand the benefits of taking a break. Simply logging out or deleting apps for a short while can go a long way to improving our mental wellbeing.