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Together for a safer internet: Safer Internet Day 2019

By Kaspersky UK on 04 Feb, 2019

It’s Safer Internet Day again, and this year’s focus is ‘Together for a safer internet’ - a call to action for everyone to join together and play a part in creating a better internet for everyone, especially for younger users. This is a message we fully support, but in reality we would like every day of the year to be the safest internet day possible. We believe that collaboration and team work are the best tools we have for keeping this internet a safe, secure and open place.

The internet is something that for many is a native language. But for others is something they see as a necessary evil in today’s modern world. Whatever your view, we believe there are lessons to be learned from talking about how you use the internet.  Whilst younger generations find technology second nature and a way of life, they can sometimes lack the life experience to understand how their actions online today can impact their tomorrow. Similarly, whilst older generations might be more cautious about technology and oversharing, they can be more susceptible to scams and proliferating fake news by not understanding how hackers misappropriate these technological leaps.

Whoever you are, and whatever your stance on technology, this Safer Internet Day we encourage you to think about the technology you use and how you can take steps to make your usage more secure, and the job of the bad guys more difficult.

If you’re struggling to think of how you can be more secure online, here’s a few ideas from our experts:

1. Make your passwords complex, hard to guess and unique – there are plenty of secure ways to keep tabs on all your different passwords if you are worried about remembering a number of unique ones

2. Don’t click on unsolicited links. You can find out more about how to avoid link pitfalls here

3. Think before you post – once you’ve shared it online, its likely out there forever

4. Check your connected devices default functionality. Does it really need to access your location? Do you need to share your contacts? If not, switch it off and keep your data private

5. Keep your technology updated to make sure any security flaws are patched