February 5 is Safer Internet Day. On the 10th anniversary of the day to stay safer online, Google gives tips on how to keep your user data safe and the web secure.
Below are 10 tips for staying secure online:
● Use a long, unique password made up of numbers, letters and symbols for each of your important accounts like email and online banking.
● Don’t send your password via email, and don’t share it with others.
● Set up your password recovery options and keep them up-to-date.
● Avoid scams - don’t reply if you see a suspicious email, instant message or webpage asking for your personal or financial information.
● Report and flag content that is abusive or illegal.
● Frequently check your privacy and security settings, and customize how you want to share your content.
● Be mindful of your digital reputation -- think twice before you post something embarrassing, harmful or inappropriate.
● Keep your device’s browser and operating system up-to-date. When you do install software, make sure you’re getting the software from a trusted source.
● Pay close attention when asked to sign in online. Check to see if the web address begins with https:// -- which signals that your connection to the website is encrypted and more resistant to snooping or tampering.
● Always lock your screen when you\\\'re finished using your computer, tablet or phone, and for added security, set it to lock automatically when it goes to sleep.
Get more tips and read about Google’s safety tools at google.com/goodtoknow.