The Basics of Cyber Safety: Computer and Mobile Device Safety Made Easy
WHAT IS CYBER SAFETY?
Cyber safety is the process of using the services and resources of the Internet in a safe and secure manner. It not only involves protecting your data, but also your personal safety. The goal of cyber safety is to safeguard your computer, personal information, and loved ones from attacks and other potential threats. By using the technology in a safe and responsible manner, you’ll minimize the risks by managing them.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?
The world is a dangerous place, both on and offline. In the physical world, we put locks on doors, use alarm systems, buy insurance, and take other steps to prevent ourselves from becoming victims. It doesn’t mean we’re paranoid in protecting our assets and families, just that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. It’s better to stop a problem before it starts than deal with the ramifications afterwards.
The combination of the safety concerns of the physical world and the new risks presented in the virtual world complicate the safety concerns you face when dealing with the Internet. Just like any property, your computer or mobile device might
be stolen, lost, or damaged in some way, but connecting it to the Web also means you can be exposed to malware, viruses, hackers, and other threats. While there are thieves, vandals, pedophiles, bullies, and other unwelcome criminal elements in your city or town, the number of people who can be a threat to you exponentially increases with the population of Internet users. Because you’re interacting with more people, using new tools, and visiting sites throughout the world, the number of threats you’ll encounter also increases.
This information isn’t meant to scare you from going online, but is intended to introduce you to potential threats and ways to protect yourself from those threats. There are many ways to mitigate problems, defend yourself, and decrease the likelihood of online risks. Remember, you don’t buy a smoke detector because there will be a fire; you get it because one could happen and you want to prevent serious damage. In the same way, we’ll show you how to install software, configure settings, and make changes to how you conduct yourself online to help prevent potential damage.
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