Today is Safer Internet Day. More and more of our life is done online. The internet is great and convenient for many of us. For instance you can now check your rent in the middle of the night, thanks to MyCKH. You can shop any time of the day or night, hunt around for the best deal on your utility bills while wearing you pyjamas and stay in touch with friends and family all across the world. But it also has its pitfalls. Sadly there are people out there who see the internet as the perfect place to bully people or commit crimes. However, there are some really simple steps you can take to stay safe and enjoy the internet without worry. Here are just a few tips to help you stay safe online.
- Ensure you have good anti-virus software and keep it updated. Also run updates for your computer when asked to do so.
- Be wary of clicking on links in emails. Check you trust the sender, and that means the actual email address it is sent from, not just the company it says it come from.
- Don’t fall for the scammers. There are many scams out there to scare or tempt you – from your TV Licence not being paid to getting a big pay out from HMRC. Don’t fall for them. If you have any doubt about an email you receive, contact the company before doing anything else – and always find a phone number from the company website or paperwork you have received from them. Don’t use the contact details in the email. Find out more about avoiding scams on the Cambridgeshire Constabulary website.
- Never, ever give you bank details to anyone you don’t know and trust and that you have double checked. Never release your password or PIN.
- Be careful of what you reveal on social media. Don’t tell the world you are going on holiday, for example. You may think you are only talking to your friends, but posts can be shared worldwide in a matter of minutes. Find out more about avoiding scams on the Cambridgeshire Constabulary website.
- If you are meeting people you have met online, in person, be careful. Make sure you let people know where you are going and who you are meeting.
- Parents, watch what your children are doing online. There are lots of tools that can provide parental controls. Check what they are doing on social media, and who they are talking to. Talk to your children and discuss social media use with them. You can find out more about cyberbullying on the Bullying UK website.
Find out lots more about staying safe online on the Safer Internet Day website.
Why not join our Learn My Way course to learn more about getting online, surfing the web safely and getting the most out of the internet. This is an eight week course and is completely FREE.We have two courses starting in February:
Starting 26 February and running every Tuesday from 10.30am to 12.30pm at Westwood Community Centre
Starting 27 February and running every Wednesday from 12.30pm to 2.30pm at City College Peterborough
So don't delay, get in touch with out Communities team, either by calling them on 01733 396404 or drop them an email at email@example.com