Basic Cyber Safety
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Use a generic and non identifying email address
- Your friends and family already know your full name.
- Using your name in your email address may give online Ďfriends and Ďcontactsí access to more information about you than you want.
Keep your passwords private
- Your best friend does not need to know your passwords to anything.
- If you share your password others can pretend to be you online.
- Make your password hard to guess Ė use a mixture of letters, numbers and symbols.
Keep your computer security updates up to date.
- Ensure you have properly installed up to date anti virus and firewall software on all computers that use the internet.
- Install all updates for any software you use as they become available. This will help keep your computer safe from online threats as they are identified.
- Consider subscribing to the free Stay Smart Online Alert Service at www.staysmartonline.gov.au
Keep your private details private.
- Do not post personal information on the internet.
- Donít publish your date of birth on the internet.
- Donít publish your home, work or school address Ė your real friends and family know these details.
- Think before publicly accepting invitations to events Ė it can let people you might want to avoid know where you will be.
Limit identifying information
- Keep information about your private life including school, work place, club memberships and your location to a minimum.
No mobile phone details
- You donít need to put your mobile phone number on your online profiles; your friends and family already have it.
Lock your online profiles and photo albums
- Donít let people you donít know or trust have access to your photos Ė remember everything posted on any website can be copied, emailed and saved.
Check your online profiles regularly
- Check what others have posted or written on your profile. Someone may have posted something inappropriate or you think is offensive on your profile.
- Check you are happy with everything on your profile and delete anything you donít like.
- Block anyone who posts inappropriate or offensive content.
Get permission before posting a personís photo online
- Never post a photo of a person anywhere online without their permission; it may be an invasion of their privacy.
- If a person asks you to remove a photo make sure you do.
Think before you post or reply
- A comment posted in the heat of the moment or when distressed may be something you regret later.
- Avoid getting into arguments online.
Think before posting photos
- Remember what you post today may haunt you tomorrow - potential employers often check social networking profiles to assess possible future employees.
- Think about what and who are in any photos you post.
- Avoid having identifying information in photos such as workplace, school or sport uniforms.
- Report any abuse, harassment, bullying or inappropriate content to the website, and if necessary to the Police.
- If you become aware of any friends or relatives who are having problems with harassment, bullying or inappropriate content being placed online, report it.
- Schools and the Police take online abuse, bullying and harassment very seriously - so make sure you report abuse.