The Internet and mobile phones provide a great way to communicate and express yourself with others, but it’s important to make sure they’re used responsibly so that everybody has an enjoyable online experience. It’s all about respecting yourself and others.

Here are the top 10 things to do to secure your privacy online:

1. Use a strong password (a combination of upper and lower case letters, symbols and numbers).

2. Don’t believe everything you read – make sure you know it’s coming from a reliable source. Do not participate in online surveys coming from unreliable source.

3. Don’t give out any private information over the Internet or through mobile phones about you, your family, friends or other people that you know. Even if the information says you won something, those are lead harvesters.

4. Think before you send! You have to think about what you are saying and how the recipient/s may feel.

5. Don’t hide behind a computer screen, if you wouldn’t say it to their face, don’t say it at all! Especially in social networking sites.

6. Don’t post inappropriate or illegal content anywhere on the Internet.

7. Make sure your social networking profile is set to private (check your security settings). Unless you have a fan page which is for public consumption.

8. Only accept friend requests from people you actually know – even if it is a friend of a friend it’s not a good idea to add them unless you actually know them.

9. Tell your friends to ask for your permission before uploading and/or tagging a photo of you on their social networking profiles.

10. Don’t click on any links that are embedded in emails – type the URL into the browser and go from there.

Bottom line, if we are not sure where the information came from or where it will lead to, it’s best to ask people who can explain so we can be sure. We should all be one step ahead most especially to parents who’s kids are exposed to the digital world. The more we need to be cautious in what they are viewing and participating.

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