Today is Safer Internet Day, so it’s a good time to think about how we can better ‘stay safe online.’
Some of the ideas mentioned in an article in INCITE, the journal of the Australian Library and Information Association “Helping your community stay smart online” (INCITE, Volume 35, Issue 5 pages 12-13) mentions many valuable tips:
- internet browsers store information about passwords used and pages visited
- turn off the users’ option ‘save username and password’ to avoid accidental saving
- delete browsing history before logging out of a public computer
- avoid entering personal information or completing financial transactions online
- log off, even if leaving the computer for just a short time
- lock devices with passwords
- use strong passwords which are not easily identifiable
- don’t store passwords on devices
- change passwords often to avoid hacking
- download apps only from reputable publishers
- take care allowing apps to use personal information including location
- avoid using public Wi-Fi for online banking or shopping
Safer Internet Day is about making our world a safer place. Be aware and share what you know!
Let’s create a better internet together!