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Staying Safe onlineDangers on the Internet
There are a number of dangers on the Internet such as:
viruses
spyware
grooming.
© Hodder Gibson 2012
Viruses and spyware
A computer virus is a program that will damage your computer.
Spyware is a program that spies on your computer and steals information.
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Firewalls
A firewall helps to prevent people accessing and controlling your computer.
Many computers have a firewall pre-installed.
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Back up and encrypt data
Protect your data by making backup copies of discs and programs.
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A strong password is one that is hard to break.
Use a combination of UPPER and lower case letters and numbers, e.g. IsleofSkye12?
Make your password at least eight characters long.
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Shop safely
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Prevent phishing!
‘Phishing’ is when someone tries to get your personal and financial details using fake websites and emails.
Use software to check that sites do not contain threats.
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Take care when using social networking sites
Be careful when using social networking sites, like Facebook, or chat rooms.
Remember, not everyone is who they claim to be!
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© Hodder Gibson 2012
Beware of grooming
Grooming is when an adult pretends to be a young person and uses chatrooms and sites like Facebook to:
get to know young people
get their personal details
carry out illegal activities
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