Online Safety

Social Media

  • Avoid sharing your personal details such as your address, phone number, routine or place of work. 
  • Do you know who’s viewing your profile? Review your privacy settings to make sure only your friends can you see your profile details and pictures.
  • Only add people that you know to your contacts or friends list. 

Computer tips

  • Ensure anti-virus and anti-spyware software is installed and check that it’s up to date.
  • Use passwords that are not easy to guess and change them on a regular basis.
  • Never respond to emails if you are not sure who the sender is and do not click links.
  • Only shop on secure websites- before entering your card details ensure that the locked padlock or unbroken key symbol is showing on your browser.
  • Keep your PIN numbers and passwords secure- companies will NOT ask you for this information over the phone.
  • Vist Action Fraud site for cyber crime prevention advice and information. 

Online dating

  • Keep all communications with unknown persons through the dating website/ app channels and not via personal communications such as social media.
  • Turn off your geo-location tags on your phone, before sending images to someone else. Some mobile phones and digital cameras automatically attach data to the photo file that identifies where the picture was taken, so turning this function off helps you to avoid a situation where someone you met online, might be able to trace your movements.
  • If meeting someone you have met online, tell somewhere where you are going, who you are meeting and check in before, during and after the date.
  • Make sure your phone is fully charged and you have minutes/ credit.
  • Be organised, make sure you have money set aside for a taxi and a number to call.
  • Don’t give away personal information such as your address.
  • Visit Get Safe Online's page for more information.