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.

This could help to protect your electronic device from viruses and malware on the internet. Besides you don't want to get your computer ruined due to many unknown malware on the internet.

Anti-Virus softwares are a big must if you want to keep secure on the internet but don't use trial or free versions of these software. They usually annoy you with pop ups and have no way of closing it completely so I would suggest using antimalwares rather than antiviruses. They work better against newer types of viruses and can track a lot of them. Malwarebytes is my way to go if you're going to buy any antivirus software.

Windows 10 Windows Defender Security Center is a good antivirus that is free and it actually catches viruses, spyware, malware and worms, detects dangerous downloads, has a good firewall, has parental controls, and has ransomware protection. A lot of the same protection other companies would charge for $30-60 per year.

2 Don't Give Out Passwords

This is one of the extremely obvious ones even the person who just got their first computer should've figured and went with.

This is absolutely the smartest way to keep your identity (and sometimes your reputation) private! Even if your best friend is asking your password to your... Facebook account or your Twitter, still don't give it to them! There are people everywhere who could take your info and broadcast it to the world. The only people you should give your password to is your parents if they ask and your teachers *ONLY* if its for like school email or school site (like edmodo). Remember, stay safe.

Giving out passwords is one of the most dumbest things a human being can do. Don't even share it with your friends on the internet. Because once you reveal your password on the internet, someone could ruin your account and cause problems.

Whenever I was younger, I played a game called Animal Jam, and 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.

3 Don't Click Links In E-mails

I never trust links in emails because they might lead to a site containing sexual content. Here's some other advice: Don't say your age on the internet

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...

Every offer in those emails are fake anyways. Better to ignore them. I've heard people have gotten dating website emails, even if they haven't even been on a dating website before. Including some minors! Plus, if it comes from an unknown island country, it's fake. If you click the link, you'll get hacked. enough" Said.

4 Know There is No Such Thing as Free

At first I thought those were real but obviously weren't. Back when I played roblox someone asked me if I wanted free robux and I said yes. Then he asked me for my password, and I gave it to him and took over my account for the day, and deleted some cool things off my inventory. I learned my lesson there. And some of those people can get access to your credit card and spend it all on random stuff and you can't get it back! Years later, I was messaged on Instagram that I won a free PS5, and knew immediately it was fake. Don't trust every single thing you see online, especially free robux ads.

Sorry, Mr. Krabs, but there is no such thing as "free" online. This bremids me of another thing about "good" offers: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

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.

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.

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

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*

Yeah, but there's this online clothing store called Shein and they're clothes are cheap, and cute, I thought it was fake. Anyways the clothes are a hit or miss.

Get 100,000 supermarket coupons by answering 1 question! Will you even trust this?

Congrats, you've won a $100 amazon gift card!

Me: *Looks inside*

But you'll have to buy all these other items

6 Ignore Pop-ups

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.

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.

When I had an account on this, There would often be an ad on the side that said, This is not a joke! You are one of our lucky winners to recieve an R13 fashion voucher. (CLICK HERE)

Well, it was something like that.

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

7 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.

This is important because opening unknown attachments from your email can result in malicious downloads on your device to occur. So, please, always be careful what attatchments you open.

Of course, never ever do that. This could result in viruses being downloaded to your device, which would be really bad for your device.

You could accidentally get a virus which could steal your personal information just by opening unknown attachments from your email. Best thing to do is delete it immediately.

8 Never Use Your Name for a Password

Actually, since nobody uses their name for a password, using your name is actually a good idea because they're not expecting something as simple as that.

If someone knows you and he's using your computer without your permition AND has a password, he would most certainly try with something about you. Your birth date, your ID, or your name.

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

But what if nobody knows your name?

9 Keep Your Anti-Virus Updated

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.

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.

Yes. Keeping your Anti-Virus updated can keep it protected. Not updating it will mean anyone will get in. Don't trust anyone to do it.

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

10 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.

Good information. Very well put and this is very important and I think people and kids should know this. It is very useful and I now know not to do this and it should teach people a lesson. Don't do this, this is very bad.

This is not just to stay safe online, but in real life as well. If people know personal details about you, they may feel the need to target you. Probably not violently, but hacking, viruses and whatnot.

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 kidnap you!

The Newcomers

? If a Website Seems Suspicious Close It Immediately

Maybe this is obvious but I still thought it was worth mentioning.

The Contenders
11 Be Careful of What You Download and Where From

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.

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

Steam is an example

12 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

13 Don't Submit Sensitive Information on Unsecured Webpages

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.

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

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.

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.

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

What does this have anything to do with staying safe online?

15 Don't Use Facebook

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...

Yes. Definitely DO NOT USE Facebook. It's full of lies, and I was seriously ticked off when I found out that the 'Man in Talking Angela's Eyes' rumour was fake. Also, someone's annoying my cousin on there! (I'm ## and he's 7 years older than me.) So, yeah, when it first came out, Facebook was a good app/site, until the spammers, bullies and LIARS!

TIP! If your parents don't let you swear because you are a teenager, Facebook ISN'T for you!

-SonicPinkiePieFluttershyFIM [

I think all social media should go away and we should stick with just calling, texting, facetime, and actually suing our mouth.

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

16 Don't Give Out Your Last Name

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.

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.

If you have a common first name, and you put only that, you're safe. However, if you put your last name if it's uncommon (even common last names put you at danger) people can easily track you down and search up personal info like your address. You can't trust everyone on the Internet, so people might go after you, putting you at risk for crimes such as rape.

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

17 Get Adblock

Ads can be really annoying, or even unsafe, particularly if you are playing an online game. Sometimes they stop you right in the middle of a game, and you die once the advert is over. Sometimes the game doesn't even load, but it is just plain ads. Like I said earlier, they could even encourage you to buy unsafe products or visit unsafe websites.

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.

I recommend using Ad-blocker, "bypass adblock detection" and "ublock origin" so that pages load faster and it's easier on your cpu.

Yes, please. AdBlock is the best extension ever.

18 Get 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.

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.

Actually, don't. Linux has no built-in antivirus. Always use Windows 10. It has the best security settings and better experience in general. Best part, Windows 10 has a built-in antivirus, Windows Defender.

Why there are so many retarded people that thinks linux based OS's are invulnerable?

It's as vulnerable as windows. Don't believe everything you red on internet. Don't believe me? Try the metasploitable linux to see how it's easy to crack a linux filled with unpatched software

19 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!

20 Always Block Notifications If a Site is Requesting You to Turn Them On
21 Use a VPN

The most effective tool to hide your identity from hackers, identity thieves, government agencies and other bad guys.

Use one that's based outside of the United States, supports OpenVPN (if you use Linux), and has a no logging policy. In other words, if a VPN isn't listed on privacytools.io, then don't use it.

22 When Downloading Files, Don't Click Any Download Button Before Checking If It's Real or Just An Advertisement

Yeah if you go to a trustworthy website and click download sometimes it will open another tab to a different website and say "download". It's a scam that if you click it it will install a virus and destroy your device

Fake download buttons are mostly MUCH more flashy than real download buttons.

Yes. Think twice before clicking on download button.

One time when I was trying to play slither io, it took me to a website that said I had to download software from some random non secure website so I just looked up the game again and I could play it

23 Don't Make Your Password Simple

Utilize and invented word or an entire phrase that has 16 as maximum.
You can also utilize character names from books, videogames or T.V. series, as long as it's not used so much.

But then it's harder to remember though!

Easy to remember, but hard to guess.

24 Do Not Download Anything

I disagree, what if you need it for school or work? Besides, if you have an anti-virus then what's the point of not downloading anything? Trust me, barely anything slips through the cracks with anti-viruses.

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.

Don't download files because some files might get your computer virus and get norton for virus computers.

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

25 Disable As Much As Possible

When you browse the web you're looking for information or media content. Use addons and browser settings to block all content that isn't the content you want. That includes ads (adblock), scripts (noscript), plugins like flash or Java (just disable them through the browser except when you need them), and calls to 3rd party sites (firewall programs, I think noscript does this too). This can get annoying, but only until you get a good flow going, and the safety is worth it!

That isn't true. Don't disable your life, security, air, etc.

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