No matter who’s using the internet or what smart device you are in, it is important to keep our information safe. You could use the internet to browse the news, online shop, post pictures, or play games. Whatever it may be, there is always the risk of your important information being taken without your knowledge.
Luckily, there are ways to try to stop that whether you are on your phone or computer. There are some simple tasks you could do to assure you are going the most to keep your private things to yourself.
One of the biggest ways to keep yourself safe are your passwords. You may need passwords for almost every application you use so keeping them completely different is important.
Making sure that a password is over 8 characters with a mix of uppercase, lower case, and numbers. Nowadays many websites will require this, but either way, securing a good password is key. There are websites out there that can calculate how strong of a password it is too.
As well as hackers, there can be a plethora of scammers out there as well. They can take the face of fake emails, untrue profiles, and money scammers. It can be a fifty/fifty chance they are recognizable as scammers, as the years go on, they look more and more real.
When it comes to getting strange emails or friend requests from people you may not know, it is better safe than sorry to either ignore or delete what it was that was sent to you.
Online shopping may seem like a harmless task. However, on websites that are not as well known, or smaller, it can be important to not save any billing information. If credit card information is saved on the site, it could be easier for that information to get leaked or stolen in some way.
Everything posts on the internet, even deleted, is known to stay somewhere on the internet forever. People you may not even know could be reading your posts and comments, and making sure to keep civil is important when utilizing the internet.
On top of that, similar to scammers, there may be untrue information out there. It can take the form of fake news stories or photoshopped pictures. Looking that things with a sharp eye and double checking your sources can be helpful before posting them for everyone to see.
The internet is filled with different opinions and viewpoints. Everyone’s voice wants to be heard but it is only polite to not start any large disagreements over the internet.
The internet is a wonderful place and can be full of so many beautiful things. It would be a great place to catch up with friends and family, buy things with the snap of your fingers, and share what you enjoy. For active seniors this could be a great activity to add to the daily routine. Taking precaution and being courteous of others is the biggest takeaway when joining the online world.