Keeping secure

Prevent issues with your computers and your online habits

You can do some things to add to your online safety. This is a short list of the easy things. You will read more in the sites we recommend and in the resources we give you.

Phones and Tablets

  • People can grab your phone or tablet and use it. Protect your device and yourself.
  • The best thing to do is to put a password on it, that you do not share.
  • Don’t store passwords in Apps and websites.
  • Keep all passwords very secret.
  • Use the Find My Phone App for tablets and Phones.
  • Check the privacy settings on Facebook.

 Setting up your computer

 Identify four basic cybersecurity strategies: (Image coutesy of under Creative Commons Licence.)
  1.  A firewall, - your computer probably has one and some antivirus program also have them
  2.  Anti-virus software - there are a few we ideas recommend if you have none - see below
  3.  Keeping security software up-to-date
  4. Email filtering- there will be settings in your mail software or online account.
 Note: We suggest for PCs you run the following free packages - Ad Aware, Malware Bytes, Spy-Bot.

Checking privacy settings online

  • Check security settings on Facebook and other sites - see the provided Cybersafety Book for detail.
  • Turn off Geotagging on your phone or device, so people can't see your location.

 Secure shopping

  • We suggest you use PayPal as a place for you to put money to pay for things rather than a credit card.
  • Only provide payments and details about yourself through a secure site.
The universal cybersecurity symbols are a web address that begins ‘https’ (instead of the usual ‘http’), and a locked padlock on the top or bottom of the browser window.

Password Power

  •  Keep passwords and pins secret
  • Have good passwords that mix up numbers and letters
  • Have a set of passwords you use and have some more complex passwords when online security is important - eg bank accounts.
  • Remember you have to remember your passwords
  • Don't leave your passwords on a public computer - don't let the computer remember your password.
  • Use a secret code or cipher puzzle to set and remember your password. ( eg every second letter of your name)
  • You should set up a way of finding out your password - often they can be sent to your registered email address, so keep an email address for a long time.(Image coutesy of under Creative Commons Licence)

Don't sign up for everything

  • You should think before signing up to online services.
  • The more you sign up for, the more user names and passwords you have to remember.
  • If you are only going to use a site once, don't bother signing up. Your info will be kept. It may be used to send you ads and it could be hacked and given to others.
 You will want to have some online accounts to get good use from your devices, eg: itunes so you can manage your device and download fun apps.

Setting up for children

  • You can make your computer and your software more children friendly.
  • Put a children's account on your computer and attach "Parental controls" to it. You will use User Accounts in the Control Panel of your computer to do this.
  • Don't let your computer you share with children, remember passwords, so they can't log onto social networking, banking and shopping sites in your name.
  • Be extra careful with your smart phone apps too.