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With modern day technology such as satellite TV and games consoles, you can choose to restrict access to certain facilities by using parental control. This is provided fundamentally to allow parents to have control over what their children can access.

As the Internet and computer technology is advancing at such a high speed, it can be hard for us as users to keep up with what we need to know in regards to our safety. So, to help out we have put together a few articles to assist you in protecting yourself online.

Please note, this is by no means an opinion of what we feel you should and should not do, rather a guide to help, should you choose to follow it.

There are two main areas of online safety that we will cover:



Protect your personal data from others who would use it maliciously

To protect your data stored on your computer you can use a firewall and have an active anti-virus program, set up to make scheduled scans of your computer.

The firewall will increase the chances of preventing any unwanted intrusions getting onto your computer, as well as giving you the option to control what programs are allowed to access the Internet.

Should any content make it through your firewall then the anti-virus software is your added security, increasing the chances of finding and quarantining the offending article.

For further information on this you can look into this article on which.co.uk, Security software

So we have gone over methods of protecting data on computers, but what about the data we put onto the internet?

Each time you put your information onto a website, or post on Facebook you are uploading that data to a web server, effectively sharing the information. So before writing anything online it is always worth considering who will read this, and what could they do with it.

On the BBC website we have found these reports that demonstrate how easy it can be to find information on somebody just by knowing their name. The video is worth a watch but the information below the video offers some good advice on how to protect your data. Share Take Care

When entering payment details or any sensitive data that you only want to share with a specific web page, it is worth making sure it is being transmitted securely. The web address of a secure web page starts with https instead of http, and you'll see a padlock symbol in the bottom of your browser. Some sites may also have a green bar to signify that this is a secure web page. Double-click the padlock icon to reveal a digital certificate that confirms that the website is what it says it is.

For further reading into online security we recommend reading the following articles:

How to spot an online scam

How to stay safe online

Protect your online privacy

Shop safely online

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