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A little bit of Tech - Internet Safety and Privacy


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Internet Safety and Privacy tips for beginners. This training is based on my own opinions and experiences as a trainer. If you have any questions, please ask.

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A little bit of Tech - Internet Safety and Privacy

  1. 1. A little bit of Tech Internet Safety and Privacy
  2. 2. Online safety AND Online privacy 5 steps to Using the Internet (and other gadgets) wisely! Before you begin … (Before you even start using the Internet) Keeping your smartphones, tablets and computers safe Using your real name or user name? Logging in and using/understanding the websites, your safety AND website TAC Resources, trustworthy sites and where to go if you want to find out more Step One Step Two Step Five Step Three Step Four
  3. 3. • Make sure that you have an up to date Virus Protection Program installed on your computers. (this will protect you against malware and viruses). Try AVG – a free virus protection program • Malware is software that is intended to damage or disable computers and computer systems. • Viruses are software programs capable of reproducing themselves and are usually capable of causing great harm to files or other programs on the same. • Make sure your computers are updated – on PCS check and install updates on a regular basis - Macs automatically checks weekly for software updates provided you have an internet connection. • Before you begin
  4. 4. Set up an email address: Use Gmail or Windows Live (Outlook) as they both filter out spam • Select passwords which are difficult to use and choose different combinations of passwords for different programs which you use • Watch for Fake Pop-up Windows – install a pop up AD Blocker - • Download the WOT add-on for Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer, Opera, and Safari browsers - – it checks that sites are good according to user ratings (word of mouth) and Install a McAfee safe search toolbar - to check that sites are secure •Keeping your computer safe …
  5. 5. Set up a complex password: • 1. From the home menu, tap the settings icon (Grey icon with a couple of gears in it). • 2. Tap on the "General" settings button. • 3. From the "General" settings menu, choose the "Passcode Lock" item. • 4. Tap the "Turn Passcode On" option at the top of the menu or enter your current passcode if you already have a passcode enabled. • 5. Set the "Require Password" option to "Immediately" unless you wish to have a longer window of time before it is required. This is where you have the chance to balance security versus usability. You could create a longer passcode and set a longer window of time before it's required so you won't be constantly entering it or you could create a shorter passcode and require it immediately. Either choice has it's pros and cons, it just depends on what level of security vs. convenience you are willing to accept. • 6. Change the "Simple Passcode" to the "OFF" position. This will enable the complex passcode option. • 7. Enter your current 4-digit passcode if prompted. • 8. Type in your new complex passcode when prompted and tap the "Next" button. • 9. Type in your new complex passcode a second time to confirm it and tap the "Done" button. • 10. Press the home button and then press the wake/sleep button to test out your new passcode. Smartphones or Tablets – safety (Apple only)
  6. 6. • Manage Privacy Settings settings-iphone-ipad -ipod-touch.html • Turn On Private Browsing and Other Safari Settings- Cookies-Turn-On-Privat e-Browsing-And-Other-iPad-Safari-Settings.htm • Go to your phone service providers and ask how to switch off location and privacy settings and to adjust your browsers! •Smartphones
  7. 7. ONLINE SAFETY • Don't give out personal information such as your address or phone number. (unless specified/shopping on a secure site) • Don’t give out your credit card details – check the site and T and C’s before doing so ((unless specified/shopping on a secure site) • Check emails or attachments from people you don't know – prior to opening them. • Be aware of all the content, comments, images and videos which you post online. • Choose watertight passwords • Log or sign out of all accounts. • Read the terms and conditions of each site • Only access or shop on trustworthy sites • Use PayPal, don’t just email credit card or payment details (it’s hard for the bank to protect this) • If something sounds like a SCAM – it probably is - ONLINE PRIVACY Online Safety AND Privacy
  8. 8. Online Safety Tips • Be aware of scams which can strike through social networking channels. • Maintain privacy settings on sites. • Try not to not give out too much private information • Don’t open emails or attachments from people you don’t know; malware attachments are still making the rounds which can steal your identity, add spyware, upload viruses, or send spam from your account. • Never give anyone money from an instant message or email; someone might have stolen info and are using a trusted name to scam you. • Never give out financial info such as bank account or any other details/numbers. (unless you are on a secure site and are intending to purchase something – check first!)
  9. 9. More Online Safety Tips • When redirected to another login page, check your browser for the web address and leave site immediately if the web address is incorrect (or seems suspicious) • Click at your own risk; if it seems suspicious don’t click it. • Be cautious when giving out your mobile number; you may get entered into a text messaging service or an app that bills you a monthly fee without realising it. • Don’t fall for something too good to be true like “tweeting for cash- earn money for tweets”. • Don’t pay for free trials or give your credit card number for access to a trial or you could be charged monthly fees on your credit card for something you never intended to purchase.
  10. 10. Online Privacy Tips • There is no such thing as privacy on the Internet. • You can adjust your privacy settings on each account you use. (Choose who you want to see what information and why) • Guard your information well. It is better to ask questions and to confirm information so demand validation, verification, and authentication before giving your information to anyone. If you still feel uneasy, say no or check further. • Consider carefully when accessing free Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi in cafes or places (as they are not 100% secure) Rather use secure Wi-Fi places (home, work, or at a family or friend’s house) • If you do access free Wi-Fi; set your computer to show you are in a public place; don’t open secure accounts (such as bank accounts) and make sure you sign out of everything.
  11. 11. Username or real name? That really depends on you! Some sites automatically use your real name as your username and you can opt out of showing your full name. Most people choose to use their full name or their initials and last name. Most people WANT to be contacted or are online for business purposes so using their REAL names to help establish their credibility and authenticity. People use usernames – if they want to remain anonymous and a lot of gamers/hackers use usernames. Check Google to see if someone is who they see they are and use: - if you want to use a username Or – if you want to find a person or email address (or search yourself – see what digital footprint you are leaving!)
  12. 12. Before you Login/Sign Up
  13. 13. Logging in /Signing Up • Check the site first, read the fine print and have a look at the terms and conditions especially if you are deciding to purchase something • Use PayPal or a credit card which have anti-fraud measures in place • You can opt out of information – you do not have to sign up for emails or give every single detail the site asks you for. • If you do give your mailing address; ensure that the website you are using is safe and secure. Look at their privacy information • Most sign-up forms have extra questions which aren’t required. Just leave them blank! • Most websites allow you to opt out of using your full name and date of birth – you can choose to change your privacy/account settings as you wish • If you have concerns – you can report to SCAMwatch • Or you can contact the website directly
  14. 14. Time to take Notes!
  15. 15. Remember To: • Check everything (before sending, forwarding, sharing, commenting on etc.) • Log or sign out of all accounts (before closing your computer) • Check and change your account and privacy settings • Keep your computer and virus protection software updated • Keep your mobile phone/tablet updated • Use strong passwords – I have a password generating tip for you! • Be aware of online safety and privacy • Don’t share details with people who sound a bit dodgy! • Opt out of sharing every detail • Use trusted Wi-Fi (such as home/office) rather than cafes or public places • Ask people if you have concerns • And report to SCAMwatch or sites if you have an issue!
  16. 16. • The Department of Broadband, Communications and Digital economy has a lot of resources • Read, read, read! (But check everything before you share!) • Have a look at the Digital Citizenship or Cybersmart sites for resources • Here is a link to resources which will help you right now! • Have a look at my Pinterest account for more computer, Internet and Social Media resources • Or on my Facebook page for tips, tools and information about Social Media • Or find me on Twitter Resources, trustworthy sites and where to go if you want to find out more
  17. 17. Trustworthy sites – I picked the bigger brands as they offer more protection for users/shoppers News sites: BBC, Reuters, New York Times Grocery Shopping: Coles, Woolworths Books: Randwick Library website, Amazon, Booktopia, The Nile, Oscar and Friends Music: ABC, YouTube (check videos carefully before you click!) Search Engine: Google (check links before you click!) Email: Gmail, Microsoft Outlook, Yahoo, Windows Live Blog: Blogger, Wordpress Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram Banks: Any Shopping: eBay, Amazon Courses: Universal Class, GCF, Internet Basics Cybersafety: Cyber Smart Fun/Search: Silver Surfers Women: Third Age Learn something new: Curious, Universal Class, Khan Academy, iTunes U Brain Food: Mental Floss, Brain Pickings Shopping: Amazon, eBay, Interflora, Big W, Target, Kmart Hotel/Flights/Gifts/Deals: LastMinute, Zuji Luxury: David Jones, Maggie’s Beer, Peter’s of Kensington
  18. 18. Any Questions? Just like this tree; digital media and the Internet is growing and growing! And the more you read, ask and listen – the more you will learn!
  19. 19. Elana Bowman Social Media and Basic Computers/Internet Trainer