ASPECT IT: Why you should always be careful using the internet

By Danielle Skinner, Digital Marketing Executive 

THE internet is a huge place. Although it may seem safe, you must be cautious as there are always threats and scams that you need to be aware of. 

This article will outline why you need to be careful when using the internet and the suspicious activity you need to look out for. 

Malware and Ransomware: When browsing online, websites can be labelled “not secure”. 

This indicates the potential risk of malware being able to get from that website on to your PC. 

We recommend you leave these sites immediately.

Identity theft: Believe it or not, some websites are cloned to look like a legitimate company, for example, a bank or the DVLA. 

If you visit a website that requires your information, double check the URL, spelling, grammar errors and check if the text makes sense on the website itself. 

Posting content online: People publish content online expressing their views or something they may not generally say in person to anyone else. 

However, deleting a post does not necessarily mean it has been removed from the rest of the internet. This is because other people could have reposted the content. 

Therefore, when using the internet and social networking platforms, make sure you think before you publish. 

Speaking to strangers: Talking to strangers online poses a threat to you and your safety as they may not be who they say they are. 

It can lead to incidents such as online grooming, fraud, stalking, etc. 

You should never give out your personal information online, especially to strangers.

Tips to stay safe online:

  • Installing a reliable anti-virus program will help protect your PC
  • Always think carefully before sharing content or posting online; respect other people’s views
  • Only install apps from reputable and trusted websites
  • Never give out any personal information and always keep your guard up.

If your company would like advice about staying safe online, then call us on 0161 241 9050. We can advise your employees on how to use the internet safely. 

Alternatively, to see more related articles on internet safety, visit our online blog: www.aspectit.co.uk/blog

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