Staying Safe on the Internet
The Internet is a wonderful tool. It can help you learn all kinds of things, meet new people and stay on top of what’s going on in the world. In this course, you will use the Internet. It’s important to use the Internet safely. Here are some general tips for staying safe while you explore the wonderful worldwide Web!
- Don’t give out your personal information unless you are sure about the person or organization asking for it. Don’t give out your:
- Full name
- The names of your family members
- Your date of birth
- Your phone number
- Your address
- Your password
- Credit card information
- Never arrange to meet anyone you don't already know.
- Don't sign up for free offers or fill out surveys that you didn’t ask for.
- Don’t sign up for or accept “free offers” – no matter how tempting they are. All that personal information could end up in the hands of someone who could use it to harm you.
- Don’t answer emails or Instant Messages from people you don't know.
- Nothing is "private" on the Internet. Anything you post on the Internet will be there forever. That includes photos!
- Consider the source. Don't download anything without first checking carefully to make sure the source is safe. Some sites may attach programs that can damage your computer. They also can send information about you, where you’ve visited on the Internet, etc.
- Never share your password.
- Use a firewall and virus protection. Keep your virus protection up-to-date. Run it often.
- Disconnect from the Internet when you’re not using it.
- Block pop-ups. Important Note: You will need to disable the pop-up blocker on your system when you’re taking this course. Always enable it again when you’re through.
For more information on Internet safety, go to www.onguardonline.gov, a joint effort between the Federal Trade Commission and the Internet Education Foundation (IEF) or www.getnetwise.org, a consumer resource created by the Internet industry.