How do I keep myself safe when browsing the internet?

How do I keep myself safe when browsing the internet?

Aimed at:  everyone

Here are some tips for browsing safely:

Do

  • Install the free anti-virus software.
  • Follow the instructions on the Virus Protection page to protect yourself from viruses.
  • Follow the instructions on the Your Password page to create a secure password.  
  • Use different passwords for different sites.
  • Use a free webmail address to post on discussion boards, e.g. Gmail or Outlook. 
  • Ensure your email address does not contain your full name, it could be picked up and used by fraudsters.
  • Avoid using debit cards online. Credit cards offer some insurance against theft and can limit the amount you might lose.
  • When chatting online use moderated sites where the administrator will delete distasteful messages and ban users who cause offence.
  • If you are being unduly harassed online by someone; report it to the police and the IS Service Desk.
  • Disable popups.  

Don't

  • Hastily download files from a website if you’re prompted as it could be spyware. If in any doubt, don’t download!
  • Act on an email offer sounds too good to be true, then it probably is.
  • Give anyone your address, email or phone number online unless it's a reputable company.
  • Believe everything you read - advice given by some websites may be inaccurate. Verify information from a reputable outside source.
  • Keep passwords on your computer.
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