What is Safer Internet Day?
Safer Internet Day is an annual global event held on the second Tuesday in February to promote Internet safety tips. Their goal is to raise awareness about potential risks online, such as cyberbullying, online predators, and identity theft. It also aims to provide tips and resources to help people stay safe online.
History of Safer Internet Day
Safer Internet Day was first celebrated on February 7, 2004. The event was created by the Insafe network, a European network of awareness centers promoting Internet safety and digital literacy.
Over the years, Safer Internet Day (or Internet Safety Day) has grown in popularity and is celebrated in many countries around the world. The theme changes each year and focuses on a specific aspect of Internet security.
Why should you care?
Safer Internet Day is a major event that highlights the importance of Internet safety and the potential risks that people may face when using the Internet. As a result of participating in and learning about Internet safety, you can protect yourself and your loved ones from online dangers.
How can you stay safe online and protect your privacy?
By following these tips, you can help keep yourself safe online and protect your privacy.
Use a strong password
Don’t use the same password for multiple sites
Using the same password for multiple accounts is not recommended, as attackers can quickly gain access if they get one of your passwords. However, a password manager can help you generate and store strong, unique passwords for all your accounts.
Enable two-factor authentication whenever possible
Two-factor authentication is an added security measure that helps protect critical online accounts from unauthorized access. Specifically, it requires you to enter a unique code after receiving it via text/Whatsapp or email. Enabling two-factor authentication is a good idea for any online account. Many services offer it as an option, so it should be taken advantage of whenever possible.
Be careful what information you share online
Please be aware of the personal information you share online, as it may affect your privacy and security. Consider the potential consequences before posting, avoid sharing sensitive data, adjust your privacy settings on your social networking accounts and other online services, and be wary of people you don’t know asking for personal information.
Review your privacy settings for your website or remote employees
Delete old social media accounts that you no longer use
It’s a good idea to periodically review your social media accounts and consider deleting the ones you no longer use.
Here are some steps to delete old social media accounts:
The biggest dangers of the Internet and how you can avoid them
The Internet can be risky, with potential dangers such as cyberbullying, online predators, identity theft, and malware. To protect yourself and your family, be mindful of what you say online, treat others with respect, use strong passwords and two-factor authentication, keep your software and devices up to date, and use antivirus software.
Scams and cyber crimes
Scams and cybercrime are criminal activities that take place online. These activities range from scams asking for personal information or money to more serious cybercrimes such as phishing emails, identity theft, and data breaches.
Be careful when clicking on email links or attachments from unknown sources; only provide personal information if the request is legitimate.
Online predators may attempt to establish false trust with their target in order to exploit them. With this in mind, it is vital to be careful when sharing personal information, avoiding conversations with strangers, and using parental controls on devices and accounts.
Data theft is the unauthorized access to or theft of sensitive information, such as personal data, financial data, or intellectual property. Cybercriminals can steal data through various means, including hacking, malware, theft of physical devices, and tampering.
How to deal with online threats
It is critical to be proactive and protect yourself and your devices in dealing with online threats.
You can follow these best practices to help reduce your risk of being affected by online security threats:
Create a more positive and safe online environment
Creating a positive and safe online environment requires respecting others, learning about Internet safety best practices, and reporting online abuse when you encounter it. Also, you should consider supporting organizations that promote internet safety and raise awareness about online risks.
In short, the Internet can be a great resource for connecting with others, accessing information, and conducting business. However, it is crucial to be aware of the potential risks and take steps to protect yourself and your devices. Following good security practices, such as using strong and unique passwords, enabling two-factor authentication, and being careful about what you share online, will help you avoid online threats. The annual Safe Internet Day aims to educate people on these topics and provide resources to help them stay safe online.
Join Safer Internet Day to learn more about online safety and taking precautions to keep yourself and your loved ones safe. When we work together, everyone’s online experience can be safer and more positive.