The Internet is widely regarded as one of the greatest inventions in human history. It has revolutionized the way we communicate, connecting us to people from all over the world 24/7. It provides instant access to information, allowing us to stay informed about global events and deepening our understanding of the world.
However, with these benefits come new threats. The Internet has simultaneously created easier ways for malicious activity (hacking, identity theft, and fraud) and contributed to the rapid spread of disinformation.
Top Forms of Criminal Activity on the Internet are:
- Cybercrime (hacking, phishing scams, identity theft)
- Online Fraud (investment fraud, charity fraud, tech support scams, lottery and prize scams)
- Intelectual property theft (illegal distribution of copyrighted material (music, movies, and software, on the Internet)
To protect yourself online you should:
- Protect your personal information – Be careful about what personal information you share online (name, address, phone number, financial information, etc.)
- Use strong passwords – Make sure to use strong and unique passwords for all of your online accounts. Avoid using the same password for multiple accounts.
- Keep your software up to date – Regularly updating your software, operating system and web browsers, can help protect you from security threats.
Also, it is important to always keep in mind to:
- Check the privacy settings – Regularly check the privacy settings on your social media and other online accounts to make sure you are sharing only the information that you want to be public.
- Use two-factor Authentication – An extra layer of security for your account. Login with a password & a unique code sent to your device.
Our safety on the Internet depends on our own actions.
Happy Safer Internet Day
This video was produced as part of the project “Increasing Civic Engagement in the Digital Agenda – ICEDA” co-funded by the European Union. The video was produced with the financial support of the European Union. Its content is the sole responsibility of the ICEDA partners and does not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union.