- Control the amount of personal information you put on social networking sites.
- Install and activate an anti-virus/anti-spyware product and install a firewall.
- Be suspicious of emails from people you don't know.
- Turn on automatic updates so your software receives the latest fixes.
- Set strong passwords, especially on accounts relating to sensitive or personal data (this includes social networking sites).
- Don't give your email address out without needing to. Think before you type.
Parents should be available to help their kids understand inappropriate messages and avoid unsafe situations.
The biggest risk to our privacy is what we post ourselves. Young users should know the privacy settings of the services they use, but they should also be aware that anything they post online can be copied and forwarded so, if it's really embarrassing or really a secret, don't post it online, even if you have the strictest possible privacy settings.
Young users should be aware of what is considered personal information: i.e. email address, mobile number, school name and any pictures or videos of themselves, their family or friends. Small pieces of information can easily be pieced together to form a comprehensive insight in to their lives and daily activities.