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Internet Safety

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Learn how to keep yourself safe online

why is it important

staying safe on the internet is super important.

Just like the real world, there are scammers and crooks trying to take advantage of you and steal your information.

Don't worry though. If you are constantly vigilant and know what to look for you can keep yourself and your information safe.

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Tips for keeping your personal information private.

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It is very important that you do not share your personal information on the internet. Don’t give out personal information on the phone, through the mail or over the Internet unless you were the person who made the contact and you know who you are dealing with.

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Never click on links sent via email, text, or any other form of communication. Even if it is from a friend or family member. If someone you know does send you a link to click on, maybe to a funny photo or cool web page, respond to your friend by asking if the link is safe. Many times scam links are sent out by robots from both random addresses and your own friends' addresses but they won't respond if messaged.

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Before you get rid of your computer, tablet, or old phones, make sure that you clear all of your personal information, emails, and contacts off of the device. Most devices have reset options that will allow you to do this. Remove the memory or subscriber identity module (SIM) card from a mobile device. Remove the phone book, lists of calls made and received, voicemails, messages sent and received, organizer folders, web search history, and photos. For your computer, software is available that will clean your entire hard drive of all personal information.

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Keep your passwords private and do not share them with anyone other than your closest family. Try and make all your passwords different.

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Use strong passwords with your laptop, credit, bank, and other accounts. Do not pick easily identifiable information for your passwords. Scammers can find out the name of your children, your pets, and your spouse and will try those if they are trying to hack into your accounts.

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Beware of oversharing on social media. Do not post too much information about yourself on social media sites. For example, if you post photos from vacation and post the date you will return home, thieves will know that your home may be empty. Also, do not post your birthdate and year, your social security number, your previous addresses, etc.

Tips to avoid viruses

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Never click on email attachments if you do not know the sender.

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Do not click on random buttons on webpages that say they'll give you something (like a free iPhone or free money).

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Don't open emails or email attachments from someone with an unfamiliar name. Thieves use email attachments to spread viruses.

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Install an antivirus program such as Norton Anti-Virus on your computer and run virus checks once a month.