Tuesday, February 5, 2019, was Safety Internet Day (SID), with the slogan, “Together for a better Internet”, which is a call to action for everyone to help create a better internet!
Here at Grand Mountain Bank, we care about your safety and making positive choices both online and with your banking. Promoting Safety Internet Day helps raise awareness both in our wonderful communities and on the vast internet.
Over the years (SID) has become well known around the world for raising awareness and educating users to ensure a safe and healthy approach to using the internet.
SID has created both a safer and a better internet, where everyone is encouraged to use technology in a way that is responsible, respectful, and educational and helps get the creative juices flowing.
Everyone plays an important role in accomplishing SID:
Children and Young People
When on the internet, children can be kind and respectful to others they interact with. Protect their online reputations and others by searching positive outlets to engage and share through their social media outlets.
Parents and Caregivers
Can play an important role in a safer internet by monitoring their kids’ online activities. Encouraging self-limits on the amount of time spent online, educating the use of technology safely & positively and simply being a positive role model with your own use.
Teachers, Educators, and Social Workers
Can create a better internet by teaching student’s digital literacy skills and critical thinking skills which will ultimately help make positive choices while online. Encourage creating their own content and credit content being used.
Can contribute by promoting positive content and making sure services being offered are secure and safe. Also, provide support if the user has trouble or if things go wrong.
Decision Makers and Politicians
Making sure technology and education are provided to everyone. Online safety is included in each school’s curriculum and provides the technology needed. They must also take the lead in governance and legislation, and ultimately ensure the safety and wellbeing of children and young people through effective child protection strategies for the digital world.
All of us are responsible to make a positive difference online. Kindness and accountability go a long way online and in person. The way we connect with one other matter! Report any inappropriate or illegal content and behavior you find online.
Additional steps to protect personal identity and safety:
1) Limit personal information – Giving out your expertise and professional background and main contact info is okay. Don’t give out your relationship status, home address, etc.
2) Check-in with your privacy settings – It’s always a good idea to check your privacy settings on web browsers, mobile operating systems, and social media accounts.
3) Careful what you click on – Cybercriminals use lurid content so don’t be tempted to click on something that might expose personal data or download malware.
4) Double check your internet connection – It’s always best to connect to a secure Wi-Fi network. Public Wi-Fi connections don’t have direct control when it comes to security. If on a public Wi-Fi never expose any personal information while browsing.
5) Always check what you download – Downloading a zip file from someone you know or don’t know can get you a Malware virus. Always double check what is being sent to you. Apps can also contain Malware so always download from a reliable source – Apple or Android store.
6) Choose strong passwords – Using the same or easy password for all your online accounts is asking for trouble. Password manager software can help you manage and remember a unique password for each online account.
7) Make Online purchases only from secure sites – Always make sure the site you’re visiting has an SSL certificate. This keeps personal information protected on shopping pages. You’ll know a site has an SSL certificate if the url starts with https://.
8) Posting awareness – Social Media is a great way to share your life’s adventures with family and friends but always think twice before posting information that could be used against you in unexpected ways.
9) Watch out for “fake” friends – Friend requests are a great way to meet new people but before accepting that “friend” view their profile and make sure they have multiple friends, they actually post about stuff and people like their posts.
10) Monitoring software – Make sure your anti-virus software is always up-to-date, this will give your devices extra security and peace of mind.