Online safety: striving to be safe on the internet and the act of maximizing a user’s awareness of personal safety and security risks to private information and property associated with using the internet, and the self-protection from computer crime.
For women and girls who are less computer and internet literate it is as vital that they are educated on how to stay safe online as it is to equip them with digital literacy skills.
Easy-To-Remember Online Safety Tips
- Don’t share your password and use different passwords for your online accounts
- Don’t leave your webcam connected – this can often be controlled by 3rd party apps
- Don’t share more than necessary online – be extremely careful of where and how you share your personal information & images.
- Be careful of online dating – when meeting someone in person for the first time, let a close friend or relative know where you’re going and ALWAYS meet in a public inhibited space
- Reveal only what is needed – disable geotagging and location tracking services
- Update your operating systems on your device – updated software lessens the chance of being hacked
- Load anti-virus to prevent invasion from third party apps
- Read the fine print when downloading offers, games and apps
- Block people who you don’t want to interact with and always report abusive accounts or behaviour to social media platforms
- Research your apps well
#Tech2EndGBV Online Safety Resources
- How To Browse The Internet Safely: http://www.tech2endgbv.co.za/how-to-browse-the-internet-safely
- Keeping Your Smartphone Safe In 2020: http://www.tech2endgbv.co.za/keeping-your-smartphone-safe-in-2020
- 10 Helpful Ways To Protect Your Information Online: http://www.tech2endgbv.co.za/10-helpful-ways-to-protect-your-personal-information-online
- Online Stalkers: http://www.tech2endgbv.co.za/online-stalkers-2019-16daysofactivism