#SaferInternetDay 2018- Make up your mind for a Better, Safer Internet for all!

06 Feb 2018 | By Jish

Topics: Web security

Do you value your online privacy? Yes, off course, we all do! We all want to be on the safer side when using the internet. But often, many of us are ignorant or are unaware about how is our privacy being theft by others. This can bring a torment on our life later.

Today on February 6th, 2018, as the world celebrates the Safer Internet Day (#SaferInternetDay), how many of us can truly say that you’re safe online or have respected others privacy?

The internet was one of the greatest inventions of the 20th century, offering you an encyclopaedia of information at the click of your fingertips. Today, the internet is everywhere with most people having a smartphone to easily access it whenever they want. But concerns about safety, especially for children, persist.

More and more kids and youngsters have access to smartphones and the internet, with less or no parental control. has changed a lot where everyone got busy and finds no time to look after even their kids. Here is how Safer Internet Day aims to help in 2018.

What is Safer Internet Day aims to do in 2018?

The aim of SID2018 or Safer Internet Day 2018 is to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.

This year's slogan is to "create, connect and share respect: A better internet starts with you."

Yes, a better Internet starts with you. Each one of us share the responsibility to create, connect and share respect on the Internet and in creating a better internet for everyone.  The Safer Internet Day 2018 in particular calls on young people, their parents, carers, teachers, social workers, and police and tech companies to join together and create a safer forum.

More than that, it is an invitation for everyone to join in and engage with others in a respectful way in order to ensure a better digital experience.

How to keep yourself safe from hackers and scammers?

  • Don't accept Facebook friend requests or LinkedIn invitations from people you don't know
  • Make a 'strong' password with 8 or more characters and a combination of upper case characters, numbers and symbols.
  • Use different passwords for different sites.
  • Don't do online banking on public WiFi, unless absolutely necessary.
  • Don't click on susceptible email links claiming to be from banks.
  • Never re-use your main email password
  • Use an updated anti-virus software
  • Think before you put personal info on social media
  • Shop online only on secure sites
  • Don't store your card details on websites
  • Password protect your phone and other devices
  • Set the features like Find My iPhone, Android Lost and BlackBerry Protect to allow you to remotely wipe data from a stolen phone.

How can you keep your kids safe online?

  • Parents sit down with your kids and set strict rules about what they should and shouldn't be doing.
  • Limit the amount of time your children spend online, and limit the sites they are allowed to access.
  • Set up parental controls to prevent them from downloading certain apps. Manage what different members of the family can see.

The Highlights of the #SaferInternetDay

In the UK, the Safer Internet Day is led by three charities - Childnet, the South West Grid for Learning and the Internet Watch Foundation.

Globally, Safer Internet Day is celebrated in over a hundred countries, coordinated by the joint Insafe/INHOPE network, with the support of the European Commission, and national Safer Internet Centres across Europe.

Let’s make use of the opportunity the day offers to highlight positive uses of technology and to explore the role we all play in helping to create a better and safer online community.

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