Tips for Safety & Empowerment whilst Surfing - eSafety
This new website created by the new Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner, is committed to helping young people have safe, positive experiences online. There is also a comprehensive section designed to empower women to take control online. www.eSafety.gov.au/women
The information is detailed and presented in print and with video tutorials. Parents, adults, and anyone using the online environment will find excellent information and tools to make their world safer. I found some interesting new facts and here I am sharing just a few:
Wi-Fi hotspots are convenient, but they come with some risks to personal information and safety. Did you know it is easy to hack free Wi-Fi hotspots, giving hackers access your personal information, such as credit card and banking details, or allowing them to download malware onto your devices?
To stay safe you can learn more here: https://www.esafety.gov.au/women/lifestyle/using-your-device/wifi-and-wifi-hotspots
Two Factor Identification makes you more secure. You need something extra to access your accounts like having a finger print or a verification code sent to your phone account and this makes hacking much harder. Most banks insist on this kind of two step process however you can set this up in Google and many other platforms used regularly. For more information: https://www.esafety.gov.au/full-screen-video?id=5070ad80-07b4-44f0-9d8b-97a40364dd9c
Location services on devices allow apps to track users and tailor ads for their region, amongst other things. It is easy to turn location services off, but by doing this you might prevent some apps, like map-related apps, from working properly. It is recommended to review your settings regularly, especially the privacy and security settings, particularly after installing operating platform and app updates as sometimes location services are switched on during the update.
The advice is to turn location services off for all apps, and then turn them back on only for the apps that use it for legitimate functions. If you can’t turn off the location function on an app, it may be better not to use that app. For more information: https://www.esafety.gov.au/women/lifestyle/know-your-device/phones-and-tablets
There are tours, checkups and workshops offered from the site. We think this is a great government initiative. Let us know if you find something particularly useful for you on this site.
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