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How To Keep Online Nasties Away

With the world piled into the internet, life can be so much easier. You can answer any question you have, find anything you like, and talk to whoever you want all through the simple use of the internet. But it can also have some dark sides. Everyone is aware of the horrible depths of cyberbullying, of the scamming emails and messages, and of the chances of being hacked. And thinking that it will happen to someone else and not you is a naive thought. Cyber attacks are very real and can end up harming you or your loved ones. So you need to make sure that you and your family stay safe online.

Whenever we shop for anything, we put our bank details online. Most companies have security settings to keep your details safe, but many do not, and you need to be aware of that. The option to auto-fill your details, or save your card for future use is a time-saving thing, but it can also be a dangerous one. It might be a nuisance, but not saving your details, and just re-entering them could save you a lot of money. You should always double check the site you’re on, particularly if it’s not one you’ve been on before. When making a deposit online, to a seller on sites like eBay or betting sites research how to deposit funds safely, and look into the legitimacy of the site before entering any details.

Adding a firewall to your computer is the best thing you can do. Getting and installing a security system that finds and kills viruses can save you from losing work, documents, and even being hacked. Adding extensions into your browser like this one for Google Chrome, which will stop ads and pop-ups which are potentially harmful to your computer.

Children are the most common targets for bullying, grooming and the other horrid things us parents are terrified of. And just the simple use of an unregulated search engine could be harmful to your child. Purely because they will be able to access information, images and videos that are completely unsuitable for kids. Setting the parental controls on your device is the quickest and easiest way to block the bad things from popping up. And education your child on the dangers of talking to strangers on the internet could be the difference between them being harmed or not. For younger kids, you can also use a child-friendly browser called KidRex to ensure all content they have access to is suitable for them.

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