What is Safer Internet Day?
Today, Tuesday 07 / 02 17 is Safer Internet Day! This initiative debuted in 2005 to raise awareness of emerging online issues.
This year’s theme is:
Be the change: Unite for a better Internet
All over the world, events and activities are taking place to ‘celebrate’. Register here for detailed information on this and future ‘Safer Internet Day’ events. Or follow #SaferInternetDay on Twitter or Facebook and support this cool and necessary initiative!
Basic Security Guidelines
Strong Password Policy
- Use strong passwords
- Use different passwords on every website
- Use a password manager such as KeePass to securely store your passwords
Always update the software you are using to the latest version as soon as possible. It doesn’t really matter which operating system you are using, those updates are released for a reason. If possible, configure your systems to update automatically. That way you won’t forget it!
Do not enter sensitive information when you are not browsing on an encrypted website. Always check the url you are browsing. Is it ‘green’ and does it starts with https? That means all the traffic from and to this website is encrypted and can’t be sniffed. Make sure you entered the correct url. Hackers are able to create scam websites that look exactly like the real thing.
General Internet Guidelines
Be the change
Make the Internet a great place for all.
Think carefully about the impact on others before sharing something online. Make sure you have a positive impact!
Think before you share something online. What you share online could be there forever, can be misinterpreted or could reveal personal information about you.
Be a digital citizen
Report anything you see online, including images and videos, which are offensive, upsetting or inappropriate.
Be a critical thinker
Seeing is not believing… When you see something online take a moment to see the full picture. Not everything or everyone online can be trusted.
Wherever you go, make sure you are browsing the Internet in a secure way.