Safer Internet Day: Microsoft recommendations for online protection
As part of Safer Internet Day, an international initiative to promote a safer and more responsible use of technology, especially among children and young people, Microsoft has compiled a series of recommendations aimed at improving the browsing experience in a safe and respectful way.
See Microsoft's recommendations below:
1. Protect your computer
- Strengthen your computer defenses. Keep all software (including your browser) updated. Remember to install a valid antivirus and antispyware software. Also, never disable your firewall, protect your wireless modem with a password and use external storage devices with caution.
- Verify all information you receive. Do not download softwares that might be malware or in an illegal manner. Check the information and sender of attachments, links in email, instant messaging or social networks, even if you know the sender. In case of doubt, confirm the authenticity of the message with the sender. Finally, do not click on links or buttons in pop-up windows.
2. Protect your personal information
- Before entering confidential data, look for signs that the website is secure, such as a weblinks starting with “https” and a closed padlock next to it.
- Never provide confidential information (such as an account number or password) nor call a number in response to a request via email, instant messaging or social network.
- Never make financial transactions online on a shared wireless network or on a public or shared computer.
3. Create safe passwords and keep them a secret
- Use long phrases or sentences that combine upper and lower-case letters, numbers and symbols.
- Use different passwords, especially for sites that maintain financial information.
4. Take care of your online reputation
- Make periodical, simple searches of what is on the Internet about you.
- Improve your reputation by posting positive information on your online and social profiles.
- Always interact in a respectful and cordial way in the online world.
5. Use social networks more safely
- Manage who has access to view your profile or photos tagged in the configuration options in platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
- Be cautious when accepting friend requests. Regularly review who has access to your pages and what they publish about you.
6. Take additional steps to keep children safer online
- Make online safety a family effort, by combining guidance and monitoring.
- Negotiate clear guidelines for the use of online games that fit the maturity of your children.
- Inform yourself and the children about the risks of contact with strangers.
- Pay attention to what children do, who they interact with and what content they consume online