Online: A Disguise Behind a Screen

How to keep your friends, family, and you safe when online

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Set a strong password to keep yourself safe.

Sadie Turner, Contributor

When on an electronic device we don’t think about the dangers we might be putting our family, friends, or even ourselves. Each year children, friends, and family are injured or even seized because of electronics. The Internet is a place full of dangerous people, including child predators. Most people often don’t realize what’s safe and what can be harmful to them or their family. Listed below are some of the ways people can try to harm you, or your family.

Personal information

Don’t put any personal information online unless you know you can trust that website. If a website or article asks you to put your name, address, credit card number, age, and/or  what grade you’re in, if it isn’t a trustworthy site. You don’t want to place any thing you wouldn’t tell a stranger. If it’s an online bank account you can give your information as long as it is a legitimate and trustworthy website. Giving your credit card information to an untrustworthy website could cause them to steal your information and use it at their pleasure. Putting your address online in an unsafe website could cause someone to track you around until they could harm you, or your family. Putting your name on a website that you can’t trust could also hurt you because your name could give away a lot of information about you like your address, age, grade, and location.

Advertisements/ Unsafe Websites

Some ads and websites are placed on the Internet, so that once you click on them you start a program that hacks or installs a virus onto your computer. This could be very bad because any personal information you had on there is now being downloaded to a stranger’s computer. When clicking on an advertisement or an unsafe website that could hack or install a virus, and you had your family’s, friend’s, or anybody else information on the computer all the history is being downloaded, so you just placed anybody who had their information on the computer at risk.

Passwords

You should have strong passwords that include symbols, numbers, and letters. Don’t make them to long that you forget but also don’t make it to short were it might be easy to guests. The best passwords are things that are in your everyday life that someone

like your friends or family might not remember very well. Some examples could be like birthdays, favorite songs, food, books, subject, or band. You want a strong password so cyber thieves don’t guess and get  a lot of information. Some weak passwords that should be avoided are 123456, ABCDEF, etc.

Posts

You want to be careful of what you post; you don’t want to post something that would affect your family, like your house or car. Before you post something be sure to check what you post, because, if you take a picture of your new house and accidentally get the address in there, you don’t want to post it for people to be able to track you. Also, when posting something of a friend or a sibling you always want to ask because the photo could embarrass them and it could cause drama or their parents don’t like the photo. Posting something could cause harm to your family because what you post tells you what your family or you is like. What you post may not seem like it could harm you but it could affect friends, family or you greatly.

Set a strong password to keep yourself safe.

Photo Credit: Yura Fresh, Anastasia Ostapovych, Benjamin Dada