Internet safety rules include protecting private information, avoiding in-person meetings with strangers, using privacy settings, visiting credible sites and limiting pictures posted online. Safety tips for parents include keeping the computer in a common area, teaching Internet rules to kids, monitoring computer use and watching for signs of problems.
Sharing too much information puts a person at risk for identify theft, stalking, attacks or robbery. Examples of oversharing information include posting private information on public forums and sharing information with a stranger through private messages. The location-based services available on many social networks also put a person at risk. Checking in or posting locations allows anyone to find the person posting the information.
Using the highest privacy settings on social networking helps protect information such as personal posts and photos. Internet users also protect their safety by only becoming friends on social networking sites with people they know in real life. While strangers may have good intentions, others misrepresent themselves to gain trust and access details about potential victims. Children often don't realize that some people lie about who they are, putting them at risk for becoming victims.
The type of websites the user visits is another safety practice. Vulnerable sites put a user at risk for hacking. Using antivirus software helps protect the integrity of the computer and information stored on it when browsing online.