Tips for Staying Safe Online

The Internet is an amazing resource and it should be apparent to all that it is here to stay. There is so much information people can gather, so many tasks people can accomplish, and so many personal connections to be made that the Internet is truly a one of a kind and irreplaceable tool in today's world. But as with everything, there are ways you can get in trouble if you are not careful. Along with all of the good the Internet provides, it also provides a medium for scammer, identity thieves, and other predators. This certainly shouldn't scare you away from using the Internet, but while doing so, you should be aware of the risks. Listed below are the top ten things you can do to keep yourself safe.

The Top Ten

1 Use Anti-virus Software

Virus that get into your computer can cause all kinds of problems. They can make your computer slow or unusable, cause all sorts of pop up advertisements to be displayed, or allow spammers to use your computer and your internet connection to send out their Viagra, porn, or phishing e-mails. But perhaps worst of all, a virus can operate completely under the radar sneakily recording and reporting back what you do on your computer including the websites you visit and everything you type in including passwords and credit card numbers.

Make sure you have software in place to prevent you from becoming infected with a computer virus, to detect if an infection has taken place, and to help your remove viruses.

Kaspersky, F-Secure, Bitdefender, McAfee. You can't go wrong with any of these anti-virus programs.

Having Norton and McAfee are definitely great ways to protect your computer.

Nope, They don't do anything, Just use Task Manager and you're fine.

2 Switch to Google Chrome

Just don't Google Chrome may look all fine and safe but it isn't. They track information, even if you don't have a account. Switch to Mozilla Firefox (Firefox for short). They're a lot better. Chrome may be very well known but Firefox is way safer.

I use Firefox because Google Chrome is plagued with privacy issues and sure people would obviously have a Google account but they don't realize that their data is being monitored by a company

Along with the fact that it is lightweight and super fast, Google Chrome is an incredibly safe browser. In the 2009 Pwn2Own competition where security experts get paid to hack web browsers, Google Chrome was the only browser of the big 4 (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari) that could not be hacked.

I'm on it right now! in fact, I have no virus protection and have been using google chrome for 5 months since then, and my computer is quite safe. try it.

3 Don't Give Out Passwords

This my #1 for all users of thetoptens. Share your password, and your busted!

Absolutely this is very key factor to be secured on internet. And now a days most spammers used this way.

Whenever I was younger, I played a game called Animal Jam, an gave my password away because I wanted to be rarer. (That game is mostly about rares) And I bet you know how that went. All of my items were stolen/taken from me. It was not smart at all for me to do what I did. You never know who you can trust. Even if they seem nice, they may just be tricking you, so be careful. And if I were you, I'd only give out that information to your parents and/or relatives.

In this world there are many hackers your emails and your electronics, I suggest to all you not to give out your passwords.

4 Don't Click Links In E-mails

The most effective con artists are not the ones that sneak in the back door; they are the ones you invite in the front. When you follow links in e-mail messages, you are opening yourself up to the possibility having your personal information stolen or basically handing over the keys to your computer allowing a hacker access to anything it contains.

Phishing attacks are scary in how convincing they can be. Even the most web savvy individual can be duped by a phishing message if the context is right (appears to come from a website they use, information appears to be accurate and relevant). And once you click through the link provided in the email and fill out a form, you have been had. So to keep yourself safe, even if an email message from you bank, from Facebook, or from any other site appears to be real, copy the link into your address bar, browse to the site directly, or give them a call. Just don't click that link.

Agreed. Especially if the email includes bad spelling, an extremely cheesy sob story and the most unlikely scenario ever imagined. Only click links when you are sure you know the person that is sending them, and even then be careful...

Don't click links in E-mails from people you don't know. Or just don't click suspicious links.

Duh! You will not get a Lear Jet and 10,000 dollars for free. The only things you can get for "free" on the Internet is spam emails, ads and viruses. There is an occasional free product that is good (like Google Chrome, which I am using now. ) Otherwise Don't DO this. Don't.

5 Know There is No Such Thing as Free

Free ringtones, free Acai trial, free credit reports, free eBook... nonsense. If you are receiving something of value, you are always giving away something that the other party considers to be more valuable. Much of the time this is an okay trade though. When you get a free ebook in exchange for you email address, it may very well be worth the new flood of e-mail messages you are going to receive. But when you give out your credit card or phone number for a free sample, don't be surprised when your cell phone bill or your credit card statements start showing subscription fees or monitoring charges for your "free" product.

Not even: life, air, the sun, free sample, happiness...

"The best things in life are free" But there are no free things!


One time when I was little, I clicked on an ad that said, 'FREE CURSORS', and the computer wouldn't work on mozilla firefox anymore. I had to switch to google chrome.

Be glad you did. Chrome is the most secure browser on the internet. But I can admit I used Firefox long ago too.

GNU/Linux. Free and Open Source software.

6 Ignore Pop-ups

Pop-ups are just stupid lies made by people with no life at all. So I mean, Pop-Ups can make you do stuff like break your computer or even worse, YOUR CPU. Also pop-ups can also be found in pornographic websites.

If you do you might break something.

Be careful of pop-ups containing malicious links. One accidental click and your PC is rendered unusable (depends how severe the malware is). Unless you have a decent antivirus then it's likely it will quarantine it before the malware does any effect.

Usually if a pop up appears then you are already doing something you shouldn't be...

7 Never Use Your Name for a Password

But what if nobody knows your name?

No one will ever not know your name unless you're on a desolate island and your parents just die

Or use your username as your password, or use your username backwards, or abc123. Everyone guesses those

Or don't use your username as your password.

8 If It Sounds Too Good to Be True, It Probably Is.

Person: yay! *clicks ad*
Person: *enters password*
Person: Bronx, New York
Person: Burger.
Person: Coca-Cola
*8 days later*
Fake Delivery guy: hey I see u ordered pizza and- OMG your HOUSE
Person: umm
Fake Delivery guy: *adds poison in Coca-Cola*
Person: drinks Coca-Cola*

Person: I don't feel so good...
Fake delivery guy: *shoots him and splits him into pieces when he passes out and burns the whole house down*

Win a free iPhone 6 If you submit these questions now!

Derp: *goes inside*

Lol you aren't getting an iPhone 6 you're just getting a virus so we know your address, password and bank account! Now time to share all that information online.

Derp: *Gets massacred by psychopaths with chainsaws*

Spin the wheel to see if you'll win an iPhone 11 pro!
*spins wheel*
You won! Now answer these questions about you.
*answers questions*

In the case of Internet marketing, this is the rule to follow.

9 Don't Share Personal Information On a Public Site

It may be tempting to leave your e-mail address or your phone number in a forum post or blog comment, but don't do it. Aside from the fact that this sort of information is systematically gathered and could result in a deluge of spam messages and unwanted phone calls, even the smallest amount of information may be used by people you want nothing to do with to track you down and determine exactly when you live.

Especially on Instagram and those social medias as they could say where you are at what time,so anybody seeing your posts could easily find you and kidnapp you!

I would never share my address, email, phone number or postal code, online

I would hate to tell one person my name and then they figure out A LOT about me!

10 Don't Open Unknown E-mail Attachments

Even when they appear to come from someone you know, be very careful when opening e-mail attachments. A popular way for a virus to spread from an infected computer is to automatically e-mail itself to all of the e-mail contacts stored on that computer. This e-mail looks like it came from the person you know and may seem very convincing, but that's how a good virus works. Then, once you open that attachment, your computer gets infected too and starts sending e-mails to your contacts.

If you are expecting an attachment and know what it is (your friend already told you they were sending pictures of the new baby), then you are probably safe. If not, be very careful.

Just like don't talk to strangers. Don't do it.

Don't be surprised if you do so... Open attachments only from known or verified senders.

What if you know what it is?

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11 Don't Use Facebook

I deleted my facebook 2 years ago, I don't miss it at all, nothing but drama

Thankfully I don't have Facebook at all. It's DANGEROUS for many reasons.

All my friends are on Facebook and I'm not because firstly, I'm under the age, it's not safe or cool or anything (people think it is) and also, people can meet up with strangers and all that and I'm not sure but I think other people can see others' messages? Doesn't sound safe because they can find out information...

Maybe I should get out of Facebook. People keep saying it isn't safe. Ill just sign out of it.

12 Don't Submit Sensitive Information on Unsecured Webpages

When you submit information online such as you name, address, or credit card number, your information travels through multiple routers and servers on it's way to it's final destination; the website you intent to provide this information to. Along the way, this information can be seen by someone at any of the intermediate steps whether it is the owners of the WiFi hotspot you are connecting to or the admins any of the various servers connecting you to the destination website. When you submit information via a secured page (address starts with https://, browser shows a padlock or other similar icon) this information is encrypted. It can still be seen by all the same people, but it is impossible to read.

Put simply, secured pages keep your information safe while submitting information via an unencrypted can allow others to see your sensitive personal information.

Telling people your credit card number is flat out just not smart. And a lot of kids like giving away their grade levels or age. I get that you want people to see how old you are, but it's still not okay. If anyone asks you for information about you, you simply ignore them. You don't know why they want the information about you.


Yes, so true

13 Know That You Can't Truly Delete Anything from the Internet

That is if someone gets a backup of it. I've deleted some youtube videos accidentally and they said they couldn't get them back

Don't like a blog post you made on TheTopTens and want to remove it? You can try, but someone has probably already saved it to the internet archives.

This Journalist from inside edition got a lot of flash drives and stuff and found a lot of important stuff. She even found porn.
She also found child pornography, they contacted the authorities.

Take a pic if yourself nude and put it on social media? Well,when it's on there,its on there forever.

14 Don't go to the deep web

you mean the dark web, people confuse these both often, look up the three layers of the web

The deep web itself isn't illegal, but the stuff on there can be. Most people should stay away from this.

How can a website kill you?

Hiring a hitman, tracking where the person is and assassination

This should be in number 1. The Deep Web is one dangerous place. You could get arrested, kidnapped or assassinated premeditately just by making a mistake.

15 Keep Your Anti-Virus Updated

The annoying thing about old computers is that they stop producing anti-virus software for it, which means that you need to spend a few hundred pounds on a new computer.

No anti-virus software is so good that it will protect against all viruses now and in the future. New viruses are being created everyday so anti-virus software must expand and adapt to protect against these new threats. This is accomplished through regular updates where your anti-virus software downloads new virus definitions. If you are not updating your anti-virus software, you are not as protected as you should be.

SCP 3000:what the hell are you doing on my website you must be detained.

Good idea

16 Get Linux

Linux operating systems have many advantages for web browsing: The system is very light and requires little memory, leaving more room for speedy browsing. Linux does not get viruses. Open source software is frequently updated and any security issues pass under the eyes of multiple developers. All modern browsers (except Internet Explorer, which is so insecure you should not be using it anyway) work the same way on a Linux.

This is only (barely) true as long as Linux operating systems stay quietly obscure. It's hard to come across malware, but security loopholes are still found quite often by the same hackers that use and contribute to Linux projects. Some will report them, some will sell or use them for their own gain. They'll never be as vulnerable as a Windows system, since the code CAN (usually) be combed over by security experts, but as Linux gets popular there will also be a bigger market in Linux exploits.

This covers all the system - related security loopholes in itself.

Linux DOES get viruses, but since it's open source unlike Windows, it's a lot less likely

17 Be Aware That Anything You Post Online May Not Be Deleted

Logan Paul and the suicide forest is a prime example, he deleted it and replaced it with a terrible apology, but its YouTube and there ought to be several other copies.

AKA the dan and Phil valentines day video. Some jerk on tumblr won't take it down!

EVEN IF YOU DELETE IT, there may be many other copies elswhere

It's probably been saved to the wayback machine.

18 Do Not Download Anything

Not even an anti virus or the app your
computer teacher told you to download for the homework assignment.

This is a bad tip: Since, you will want to download something (and probably you will) make sure to installing on the original/official site of this application

Just make sure you're not downloading an application if you're trying to get music or something. Know what format the file you're downloading should be in and an approximate size.

Oh come on! I love downloading games and anything! I only downloading is Health and Safety things, parents made them to make their ONLY Kids safe. DO NOT TRUST HEALTH AND SAFETY APPS. APPS ARE BORING.

19 Use a Firewall

Comodo SW Firawall is great for home and Small business use, One fine little protector. You will learn a lot about internet when manually configure it :) J


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20 Don't Give Out Your Last Name

Yeah my last name is rare along with my first name. But my real name is on my Instagram and Twitter.
Which is very long.

My first name, Sophia, is really common, so I think I'm fine. However, my last name is one only my family and probably a few people in Chile have, so if I put that out it would be really easy to track me.

If your last name is unique and uncommon then you shouldn't say it.

If your name is common, such as Mohamed or Juan Pablo, it wouldn't be a problem.

21 Get Adblock

Use uBlock Origin. Unlike Adblock Plus, it doesn't allow so-called "acceptable" ads. Now you can browse the internet safely while all the websites you visit either go broke or beg you to turn off your Adblocker.

It's great I wish it was on safari for iPad

UBlock Origin blocks EVERYTHING!

I use it, and in total its blocked 50,268 ads, and it keeps rising... 3 on this page(Sorry Top Tens)

TheTopTens lets you disable advertising without adblock. You can--actually you're a visitor so you'll just have to keep using adblock.

22 Never Give Out Any Personal Information

Agreed. I hope the bullies from the Reception Wiki Network/Outcast Network see this list. Doxxing is illegal and not acceptable.

This is the important way to keep yourself safe online. Whatever you consider to be personal, like your real name and home address, must be kept private so no one will find you.

I have a question: on a roblox free robux scam site I tested it to see if it will give me robux, and I put a fake address and other fake info. Am I safe?

Especially not your last name or address. Or email!

23 Always Block Notifications If a Site is Requesting You to Turn Them On
24 Don't Use The Dark Web

I don't

25 Be Careful of What You Download and Where From

True, it safer to download games from steam, or music from itunes or Google play, and safe to download movies as well from itunes or google play

Steam is an example of a safe site, at least as far as I know.

Steam is an example

Places such as Softonic can give you viruses. Always make sure you download from the official site and avoid downloading 'cracked' games as they almost always come bundled with malware.

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