Online safety

Computers make it easy to shop, pay your bills, keep in touch with friends and much more. But, like the real world, you need to be careful about sharing your personal information.

Not everyone is who they claim to be online. It’s important you know how to avoid identification theft and scams which try to trick you into giving away your personal details and bank information.

You can also make sure your kids are not looking at websites they shouldn’t be by setting up parental controls on your laptop, computer or tablet computer.

Quick online safety tips

  • don’t share your passwords – use a different password for every online account
  • use internet security software – and keep it updated
  • public wifi hotspots are not always safe – don’t visit websites where you use passwords or bank details
  • don’t reveal too much personal or financial information in emails, social media channels and other sites
  • don’t click on links in emails, posts, tweets or texts – and don’t open attachments – if you don’t know the person who sent them to you
  • if something seems too good to be true, it probably is.

Online safety websites

  • avoid computer viruses
  • set strong passwords
  • avoid revealing too much information
  • check for secure websites
  • stay safe in public places.