Cyber Safety Tips
The best defense for your digital identity is a good offense.Follow these eight simple steps to protect your digital domain and keep your social interactions hassle-free!
Every app and site for which you create a profile should have privacy settings that you control. Keep Your Personal Information Private. Names, addresses, licence plates, where you work, date of birth, social insurance number – nobody needs to know it, so lock it down!
Tell no one. That way, you’ll never have to try to rememberwho you gave it to when something bad happens.
Most smartphones are pre-set to include a geo-tag forevery picture you take, so anyone on social sites you post them to can find out the exact location you took the shot. Not good. Also, make sure that if you’re tagging friends they’re okay with it!
Threats, harassment, hate – reporting to site admins or the police is 100% the right thing to do.
If you don’t like or feel threatened by something in a text, IM, or anywhere else, tell someone who can help you.
If you don’t like what’s going down online, in texts or IMs, talk to a parent or someone you trust about the behaviours that are bugging you.
No need to settle for relationships or friends that don’t give you breathing room. If your inbox is overflowing with unwanted messages, take control! Delete, de-friend and defend your digital domain!
Put a Google Alert on your name so you can track what’s being said about you online. It’s quick and easy. Just visit google.com/alerts and type in your name. You’ll get an email alert every time your name appears online.
Protect yourself from losing your phone. If your smartphone has a find my device function, set it up. Or, download a locator app from your phone’s app store.
Protect your privacy. Turn off features like Bluetooth, Location Services, Near Field Communication (NFC) and Wi-Fi when not in use.
Using Wi-Fi at home or at work is a great way to cut down on your data usage. But public Wi-Fi isn’t as secure.
Apps can be a way for hackers to install malware on your phone. Protect yourself by only installing apps from your smartphone’s app store. Avoid apps that want permission to access data like your address book, messages and location.
Remove all personal data from your old phone. Back up your contacts, files and photos. Then, remove your memory card, restore factory settings and make sure all data has been deleted (for example, Facebook passwords, internet browser history, cookies and cache).