19 February 2019

How to be Safe While Using the Internet

The Internet.

Something once seen only in research facilities or high-scale business centers, now a household amenity. And it’s not just an amenity anymore, but something we, as a society, are almost dependent on – a source of constant connectivity.

It provides us with the programs necessary to create and share an array of products and services for all audiences, the ability to communicate across the globe in real time, and instant access to an essentially endless well of information and data.  Although we all know that most of us use it simply to kick back and relax with our favorite Netflix series.

As with most things in life, however, the Internet has a dark side. With this new global community comes a new set of potential dangers: cyber crime.

Whether for yourself, someone who grew up in the dark ages before the Internet was at the finger tips of an entire population, or for your children, who are growing up immersed in this new digital age, it’s important to learn how to be safe while using the Internet. 

What Is Cyber Crime?

Cyber crime can take two main forms:

  1. Crimes which are directed at computers or other electronic devices
  2. Crimes where computers or other devices are used to commit the offense

Types of Cyber Crime

The two categories above can be broken down even further to present several Internet related crimes. Some of the most commonly committed cyber crimes include:

       Identity Theft
       Distribution of Prohibited and Illegal Content
       Cyber Bullying

How to Protect Yourself/Others

After learning about all the potentially harmful situations the Internet may present, it’s no surprise that you may want to avoid it at all costs – but in today’s society that is almost impossible.

Luckily for you, however, we have a few great tips on how to protect both yourself and your families against these potential threats.

       Monitor the personal information that you or your children share online
       Keep your privacy settings as high as possible
       Don’t respond to, or retaliate against, Internet bullies
       Be skeptical of anything or anyone that seems suspicious
       Keep informed and up to date on potential threats that are presenting themselves at any given time
       Speak with your children about the dangers the internet presents
       Be a positive role model

Stay Safe

Yes, serious crimes can occur via the Internet, but that’s why it’s important to stay informed and stay alert. By following our tips from above, you are taking the proper steps towards protecting yourself against Internet threats. 

Enjoy the Internet and all it has to offer without worrying about your safety or that of your family. 

Disclosure:  This is a contributed post.


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