At this point, you’ve heard the talks in school or by your parents. Don’t click on ads. Never ever talk to strangers. All strangers on the web are hackers and terrorists. Well, first of all, they aren’t. Second of all, some of them might be. And you probably don’t want your data stolen by those people who want it. So here are some better tips about internet safety.
The media, Common Sense Education says, paints the picture of a “child predator” being a sleazy guy at a computer. Well, most risky relationships happen between two teenagers, or a teen and young adult. An online solicitor is more likely to be a teenager or young adult, who target teenagers and not 8 year olds. Most likely, they will also be blunt about it, just asking upfront. Instead of thinking about predators, think more on general online relationships. This type of thinking will make you be more aware of the more common type of risky relationship. Just because it’s more common doesn’t mean it’s never going to happen, however. Make sure to be aware of everyone.
As Kaspersky says in their internet safety article, public internet connection can’t always be trusted. Going to internet cafes can be fun, sure. But don’t enter in anything important. People can access public Wi-Fi networks and take your information off of them. If, for example, someone logs into their bank account. A hacker could steal their information off of the public connection and transfer all the person’s money to their own account. So enter in your more private information while on a home or private network.
Last but not least, keeping your information safe (while you’re still on a private network). While I was scouring the net for sources, two of my sources did this. They had a full-screen pop-up. It asked for my email to sign up for their newsletters and such. One of the sites didn’t even let me access any information if I didn’t put in my email, so I had to use a different source. If you put in your email on random pop ups, you’ll probably going to get unneeded newsletters you don’t want. Entering any information on something you don’t trust is a really bad idea.
So, there you go. Three pretty important tips to keep in mind on the internet. Make sure to be wary of all online relationships. An online solicitor isn’t always an old man. Don’t enter information on public internet. People could steal your information. And don’t enter in information in things you don’t recognize. It could either be annoying or dangerous, and you don’t want either.
Story by Nash Klein