Online safety top tips

Data, privacy, and security

  • Don't post personal information online (e.g. phone number, date of birth) - anything you share can be used to impersonate you or guess your passwords.
  • Regularly check your privacy settings on social media sites and email providers.
  • Use strong passwords combining letters, numbers, and punctuation, and change them regularly.

Scams, fraud, and theft

  • Make sure you regularly update your computer and anti-virus software.
  • Avoid opening or clicking on links in suspicious-looking emails and email attachments from people you don't know - even legitimate looking emails could be scams.
  • When buying things online, always look for the padlock icon and make sure the website address starts with 'https' instead of just 'http.' Click on the padlock to see a security certificate.
  • Contact Action Fraud and the Police to report it if you think you've been scammed.

Exploitation and abuse

  • Trust your instincts if you are suspicious of someone you're talking to online.
  • If you decide to meet someone in real life, meet in a public place and tell someone else where you're going.
  • Report any Tweets, Facebook posts, or comments you consider inappropriate or offensive.
  • Report online material promoting terrorism or extremism on the Home Office website

Useful resources for more internet safety tips:

If you have any questions or concerns please don't hesitate to speak to your course tutor or a member of centre staff.

  • Updated: 31 May 2020