Wednesday, 6 February 2019

How Safe Is Your Internet?

Sometimes we forget how vulnerable we are when we go online, it is part of our everyday life and even our babies use the online world to watch things like YouTube as they are pushed around the supermarket. Online is everywhere, but so is the danger that the internet brings.

Next month sees the fourth year since my daughter's partner was arrested for being a paedophile, he had groomed my daughter from right under my nose, I had always been so protective of her and up until she was 16, I always made sure that I had her login details and would check her social media accounts to see what she had been up to. It was a huge invasion of her privacy but it was to keep her safe. The thing was as soon as she turned 16 and I let my guard down, she was groomed. It goes to show that its not just the little kids that are vulnerable on the internet. I never got my daughter back from this, she has been brainwashed and won't listen to anything that we say. I have Tilly who is 8 and she is allowed to use the internet because I don't want her to be scared of it, it is a way of life and the internet is a huge part of her learning. We do have extra precautions in place now, She has a Youtube Channel and Instagram but both are managed by me and she doesn't have the passwords. Sadly she has had to find out about internet security, the hard way.

Today we have some tips on keeping yourself safe on the internet.

Spam Emails


They have gone to a spam folder for a reason, and its because they are usually a phishing email. I see it a lot in competition circles where people get these emails and it says they have won a prize, so they click it and it asks for their details. Before they know it, their identity has been stolen online, their banks have been hacked and social media accounts cloned. Don't fall for this one.

Photographs




Don't take photos of your kid in its school uniform! I know how exciting it is when your kids start school so you quite happily snap away a picture of your little angel in front of the school or the most popular one is in front of your front door, showing your door number. Now people know where you go to school and your house number. All it takes is a backward search of the photo's and they will have your full address and before you know it, someone has taken your child.

Facebook Memes

When you see a Facebook meme of how to get your unicorn name and age by taking your middle name and your mothers maiden name, where you were born and your kid's age. It is information like this that you use to get your bank details as well as other accounts.

Unsafe Links

Again these turn up in your emails and also if you enter a competition that isn't a real one. They will sell your information on or use it to hack into websites or accounts that you have. This happened to my daughter once and it ended with her having her eBay account hacked and they used her PayPal account to pay for the shopping. This, in turn, came out of her bank and luckily it was sorted in a couple of days but the police were involved and it was such an inconvenience.

VPN



A VPN (Virtual Private Network) is a service that lets you access the web safely and privately by routing your connection through a server and hiding your online details. It will encrypt all of your details before it even reaches the internet provider. This is so handy if you're using an internet provider in a public area. The website that you're using will see that the details have come from you but will not know where you are. It is explained quite well in this Daily Mail article, VPNs also help ex-pats who want to watch programmes on Iplayer but can't watch it out of the UK, I have this problem when I am on holiday too. This article is extremely helpful if you're an ex-pat who wants to access home comforts.

VPNs are crucial if you want to protect your browsing from your Internet Service Provider (ISP) as they can see EVERYTHING you do online, so it's best to protect your privacy. If you're a fan of torrenting things, then a VPN for Torrenting is crucial to protect yourself from any harm.
How safe is your internet?


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