How to stay safe online

With the Internet fast becoming the go-to place to share a wide variety of ideas, activities, images and content, safety is a must. With so much personal information flying back and forwards, it is imperative that we take precautions.

The likes of smartphones, internet-activated music players, personal computers, laptops and tablets are becoming more and more popular every day. Many of us house our entire lives on these devices and as such online safety is an important factor to consider. We are even able to use these devices to talk to other individuals face-to-face, across the globe – regardless of the distance.

Data backup

If such a device was to become lost or stolen, we may risk losing personal and professional emails, phone numbers, contacts, images and documents. It is therefore important to back this sensitive data up. Many smartphones automatically backup their information when plugged into another device such as a laptop or personal computer. This enables the user to transfer these details to another phone or tablet following theft or damage to their current device.

Passwords

Another way to protect your personal details and your devices is to activate a pass code or password. This will only allow those that know this code to gain access to the content stored upon it.

Gadget insurance

Insurance plays a big part in today’s society; those that insure their devices will instantly be able to cancel them if they become lost or stolen or even damaged through no fault of your own. Download insurance is even available to help protect any content you have purchased for use on your device.

Parental blocks

Parents with young children can protect their offspring from stumbling upon bad sites by placing a block in action. This will prevent the child from viewing any unsuitable material whilst surfing the web.

Privacy settings

Social networking sites including the likes of Facebook and Twitter can sometimes reveal detailed information about the individual using them. In order to avoid this information being leaked it is imperative that you set up a barrier. This will often be achieved by tweaking privacy settings on the site itself.

Antivirus

Online threats are posed in numerous forms with computer viruses and malicious software a real threat in the modern world. Antivirus and online security packages are a great way to keep your devices protected and there are plenty of options available for all makes and model of computer, laptop, tablet and smartphone.

Common sense

As with many things, common sense is one of the first forms of defence against malicious online behaviour. This means never revealing more information than you need and avoiding clicking on potentially dangerous links or illegal websites.

When using the Internet to promote a certain product or item through the use of advertisement, it is important that you only release the necessary details. Never showcase your full address, bank details or phone number, instead just use an email address. This is a safe way to communicate to a number of sellers.