Cybersafety Course

PROTECTING YOUR PRIVACY

PASSWORD BASICS

  • Don't use familiar names or common words to create your password.
  • Add special characters and/or numbers to your password.
  • If you write your password down, be careful where you keep it.
  • Never share your password with anyone.
  • Never share your password over the phone or in an email.
  • Don't use the same password everywhere and don't store your password on a computer.

BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU SHARE

  • Everything you share online establishes a digital footprint that others can follow. This includes photos, videos, posts, and comments.
  • Think about the long-term consequences about what you are going to share before you share it. Sharing inappropriate pictures of yourself or someone else can result in you being charged as a criminal.
  • Understand privacy settings and adjust them to share only with people you trust.
  • Respect the privacy rights of others when sharing and don't over share.

SAFER WAYS TO USE PUBLIC WiFi

Watch this video to learn some safer ways to use public WiFi. The main tip here is to look to make sure that the site on which you are doing any shopping or banking is secure. The URL should begin with the letters https: instead of just http: The 's' at the end means that the web site is secure and the traffic is encrypted.

Photos on some social networking sites may receive a geotag. This information can reveal your physical location, which can be dangerous if your privacy settings allow sharing with strangers. Be sure to check these settings in all of your social media accounts.

Works Cited

Safety in Canada. "How to Create a Strong Password." Online video clip. YouTube. YouTube, 3 February 2014. Web. 19 July 2017.

Google for Education. "Manage Your Online Reputation." Online video clip. YouTube. YouTube, 25 June 2017. Web. 20 July 2017.

Federal Trade Commission. "Public WiFi Networks - Federal Trade Commission." Online video clip. YouTube, 11 February 2013. Web. 24 July 2017

The following images are in use on this page:

  • Incognito Shield by b farias from The Noun Project
  • Pokestop by Symbolon from the Noun Project
  • Google Social Shield by Google