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Online Safety Basics

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[AARP—Real Possibilities] In this lesson, we will discuss some pointers of navigating the Internet safely. When you use any device that connects to the Internet, be aware of privacy concerns. There are many examples of connected devices, including laptop computers, desktop computers, smartphones, tablets, and video game consoles. Internet safety is about protecting the person, the device, and the data. So, what's there to lose? The device is the physical equipment. Data consists of your contacts, pictures, videos, music, your identity, or credit or bank information. The device varies in cost, but losing your data could be priceless when you consider information, your identity, or your entire bank account. Lock up your devices, data, and accounts. Use passwords or PINs and set up device lockouts. If someone steals your device, a password or a lockout can keep them from accessing your data. The process to do so will vary from device to device. Check with your service provider or product manufacturer's guide for details. Here are some password tips— longer is better, with 8-10 characters. Mix it up with letters, numbers, and special characters. Use different passwords for your accounts. Don't share your passwords, especially in texts or e-mail. Keep you passwords out of sight. Regarding e-mail safety—take the time to verify who it came from. Over 70% of all e-mail is estimated to be spam or junk mail, so you should avoid opening e-mail from people you do not know. Don't open attachments or click links in e-mails from people you don't know. Here is another tip—this of an e-mail like a postcard—anyone can potentially read it. You don't put private information on a postcard, so don't put it in an e-mail. Check out these site for more information on online safety— such as Also, there is a public security awareness campaign at Enjoy browsing the Internet and connecting with e-mail, but do it safely. [Technology, Education, Knowledge] [AARP—Real Possibilities]

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Duration: 3 minutes and 2 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
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Views: 33
Posted by: aarp on Feb 18, 2014

Navigating the Internet safely

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