Safer Internet Day: Expert Tips for Minimizing Social & Digital Security Risks

by Ilyass Aouad

Safer Internet Day is a globally recognized day that aims to promote a safer and more secure online experience for all, particularly for young people. In this blog, Cyber Security Expert Ilyass Aouad shares some advice for individuals, parents, and educators to stay safe online and make the most of their digital experiences.

“In today’s digital world, it’s crucial to understand the potential dangers that come with the internet and how to protect ourselves and our loved ones from them. From cyberbullying to phishing scams, there are countless ways that individuals can fall victim to online threats.

But, by taking a proactive approach to internet safety, we can minimize these risks and enjoy all that the web has to offer without fear. Here are some tips which can help keep you safe:

Beware of clicks:
Fake websites can install malicious software onto your device through a technique called “clickjacking” where you are tricked into clicking on a button or link that you didn’t intend to. To protect against this, be cautious of suspicious websites and links.

Avoid phishing scams
Phishing scams aim to trick individuals into revealing sensitive information by posing as a trustworthy entity. To prevent falling for these scams, be wary of unsolicited emails and messages, double-check the URL before entering personal information, and never click on links or attachments from unknown sources.

Use strong passwords
Create unique, strong passwords and change them frequently. Consider using password management software to keep track of passwords.

Install security software
To protect your device, install security software. Keep your operating system and software up to date to fix security flaws and vulnerabilities, and remember to check privacy settings after updating.

Be mindful of plug-ins
Research before downloading any plug-ins or apps to watch videos. Most videos do not require additional software.

Enforce extra authentication
For extra security, use dual- or multi-factor authentication.

Beware of offers that appear too good to be true:
Examples include free content, software, or charity appeals, especially during significant news events. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is

Shop securely
Choose sites with “https” in the address for added security.

Use encrypted Wi-Fi
Make sure your home network uses encryption and a password, and be careful when using public Wi-Fi networks. To protect your privacy and security, use a VPN and only connect to trusted networks. Avoid accessing sensitive information on public Wi-Fi.

Stand against cyberbullying
If you or someone you know is being bullied online, speak out. Report it to the platform and offer support to the victim. By taking a stand against cyberbullying, we can create a safer online community for everyone.

Safer Internet Day reminds us of the importance of being responsible and mindful of our online activities. From protecting personal information to spreading positivity, we all have a role to play in creating a safer and more inclusive internet for all.

For more information about Safer Internet Day, visit the UK safer internet centre

By Ilyass Aouad