Whether you’re a teen or an adult, it’s always important to be safe when you’re surfing the web. From suspicious emails, computer viruses, identity fraud and cyber bullying, the internet seems like a scary place, but it can be safe if you take some precautions.
For general internet safety, it’s always good to keep in mind that emails from someone you know who is requesting your password and any personal information isn’t always what it appears to be. It could be a fake email sent by a hacker trying to gain access to your accounts.
Or if you discovered someone has stolen your identity, it is possible to recover from it as quickly as possible. First, if your password is stolen, change your passwords to all accounts and ensure each one is different and secure. You can also get a credit report to see if there are any accounts opened under your name that you don’t own. Reporting identity theft to the credit bureaus can put a fraud alert on your reports as well as reporting it to government agencies that handle identity fraud.
The web is a big place and these are some of the tips found in the comprehensive safety guide to the internet by Open Colleges. Their guide addresses various topics and provides suggestions to resolve the them.