The Internet provides people with many opportunities to learn and develop. However, it can also be a dangerous place to be, which is widely used by criminals.
Here we would like to share the rules that will help you protect yourselves and your data from the online scammers that lurk out there:
- Under no circumstances should you ever share your personal information online (this includes your name, address, date of birth, or document numbers). This primarily applies to your social media output.
- Be careful about what you post on social media. Remember that what goes on the Internet, stays on the Internet, even if you delete it.
- Avoid posting information about your life, whereabouts, date of birth, school, class details, etc.
- Never click on suspicious links on social networking sites, in emails, or on websites, and pay attention to the address bar of your browser to protect your data from phishing, i.e., hidden redirects to false sites where your data can be stolen.
- Avoid socializing online with users you do not know in real life, with people who are much older than you, or with anyone who has no or very few friends in social networks, as well as those who persistently ask you to send photos, videos, or any personal information.
- Use complex passwords consisting of lowercase and uppercase letters, characters from other languages, digits, and symbols. Use a separate, unique password for each website.
- Keep in mind that scammers are sneaky and insidious. They can first worm their way into your trust before making an attempt to intimidate and blackmail you. You don't have to be afraid if this happens, just be sure to tell adults about it right away.