Right, I couldn't decide where to put this, but its about staying safe online.
Most of these rules that I've seen on websites about keeping safe online are false or have something wrong in that statement, I am here to improve that.
Note: Source of these rules online will be at bottom of post.
1. Don’t post any personal information online – like your address, email address or mobile number.
Posting addresses, emails and mobile numbers online ARE dangerous, not saying that its OKAY to let out this stuff.. But-
You might need to give email addresses out to websites like Bleeping Computer to register as a user, other virtual worlds like Bin Weevils, Club Penguin needs an email address, but that should be your/their parents. Address and mobile number maybe if you're entering a competition online. However, just please don't.. Put it on a popup saying: "YOU WON! CONGRATS! TYPE YOUR MOBILE NUMBER AND HOME ADDRESS HERE AND GET A PUPPY!"
2. Think carefully before posting pictures or videos of yourself. Once you've put a picture of yourself online most people can see it and may be able to download it, it’s not just yours anymore.
Pros: Boom! As a careful user like me I don't release this stuff, not even Facebook or Youtube. Its true. For a change.
3. Keep your privacy settings as high as possible
Pros: True, true..
Cons: I should've read further down the page..
4. Never give out your passwords
Cons: Im an idiot.
5. Don’t befriend people you don’t know
Pros: As long as you don't meet them in public, or they ask for photos or videos of you.
Cons: Not befriending people you don't know is going to make the internet hell for you! I belong in a gaming community and been there for 2 years, I know everyone there and that makes the experience better. If you have no friends in real life that knows about computers, viruses, hardware, find a friend online and stick with them!
Con about my statement: You can improve it if you want.. My opinions though.
6. Don’t meet up with people you’ve met online. Speak to your parent or carer about people suggesting you do
7. Remember that not everyone online is who they say they are
Pros: True.. But-
Cons: None I can think of.. But doesn't mean you should stop interacting with them!
8. Think carefully about what you say before you post something online
Pros: Anything you say on the internet.. STAYS THERE!!
9. Respect other people’s views, even if you don’t agree with someone else’s views doesn’t mean you need to be rude
Pros: Yes, please respect my view as well
10. If you see something online that makes you feel uncomfortable, unsafe or worried: leave the website, turn off your computer if you want to and tell a trusted adult immediately.
Pros: To be honest.... None.
Cons: Okay, so this will be one alot will disagree with.. But in MY opinion of this, the above 'rule' in my version would be like this: 'If you see something online that makes you feel uncomfortable, unsafe or worried: Leave the website''
Done, no need to turn off your computer, or tell a trusted adult that you 'accidentally' clicked on a porn site and now you got trojans.
Or seen private parts of grown-ups.. But like I said, no need to turn OFF the computer, just leave the website
Things these rules missed out! IMPORTANT THINGS!
1. Don't click on ads! Get an adblock!(LISTEN! I know that alot of people want to respect advertisments.. Don't have to follow this..)
2. Don't be that parent that says 'Firefox messed up the computer'....
3. (My Opinion) Nortan AntiVirus is the ONE of the WORST AntiViruses you can get. Avast.. Meh never tried it.. Kapersky.. Not sure.. But I trust MalwareBytes.. and a few(5) other anti malware/rootkit thingys but.. Yeah, MalwareBytes is what I recommend.
4. I know all those smileys and emojis toolbars or free video downloaders are waiting for you.. But don't touch them! If its too good to be true.. It most likely is.
Im saying this.. But I'm 12 years old(few weeks 'till 13) And I have alot of knowledge of such things like trojans, adware, worms, exploits and all those other words parents don't understand. Hopefully I can find other support websites and help parents and adults online and keep them safe.. Hopefully in a few years I can apply for engineering courses online and do tech support as a side job. However right now, I just want people that don't understand computers to stay safe and make sure nothing bad happens to their computer.. Good night/day!
Bump this if you want.. Sorry..
Edited by rock278, 21 February 2015 - 04:19 PM.