The Internet can be a scary place. There are people on the web who are looking to take advantage of you for their own personal gain. There. I said it. These people are likely looking to confuse or convince you that they are someone you should be sharing important information with.
In an effort to improve your digital safety, Google has whipped up a handy chart that can be used by just about anyone looking to secure their online lives a bit more.
- Don’t be afraid to flag inappropriate content
- Got an iPad or other mobile device? Learn how to remote wipe it.
- Love sharing stuff? Think twice before sending something.
- Figure out what constitutes a normal email versus a suspicious email.
- Got a PC? Keep that antivirus software running and up to date.
- Never send sensitive information via email. Seriously.
There are of course dozens of other useful tips and tricks for maintaining your digital safety. These are just a few key ones that come personally recommended as they’ve helped me in the past. For example, I learned that you should think twice before contacting someone offering a ‘too good to be true’ deal on Zillow or Craigslist. A house for half the cost of our current house in the same neighborhood? Sweet! Oh, you want me to wire money to Alabama via Western Union? I’m going to have to pass on this one…
Here is Google’s handy chart designed to help you stay safe online. Hope it helps!