How you can stay safe and secure online
The Internet offers so many opportunities to explore, create and collaborate. But it’s important to keep yourself safe and secure, so you can make the most of it.
There are many different kinds of cyber crime. A criminal might try to gain access to your information – like your email password, banking details or social security number. They might do this by installing malware on your computer, trying to hack into your account, or tricking you into giving them the information. Then they could steal from you, impersonate you or even sell your details to the highest bidder.
A criminal might also try to use the Internet to scam you, sell you fake goods or make you do things that cost you money. Or, like a thief who steals a getaway car without caring who the owner is, they could want your computer or a website you own as a tool to commit cyber crime.
Whether you’re a new Internet user or an expert, the tips and tools here to help you navigate the web safely and securely are simply good to know.
5 tips for staying safe on the web
Learn more about how to create strong passwords and keep your information safe.
Know the common tricks that criminals employ to help you protect yourself from online fraud and identity theft.
The web can be a great place, but not everyone online has good intentions. Learn three simple ways to avoid scammers and stay safe on the web.
Find out some common signs that your device might be infected with malware – malicious software designed to harm your device or network – and how you can protect yourself.
Signing into your Google Account is simple and useful – but know when it is important to sign out as well.
You wouldn’t go out for the day and leave your front door wide open, right? Find out why you should also lock your screen or device.
Help yourself and others stay safe online by reporting people or companies who send spam, try to sell counterfeit goods, distribute malware, or are otherwise abusing our systems.
If you use Gmail, you can follow these steps to help make sure your account stays safe.
Be extra careful whenever you go online using a network you don’t know, and learn about setting up your home router and WiFi network securely.
Many devices now support multiple online accounts. Learn more about how to control which account you use, and when.
Find out more about the tools you can use to help stay safe with Google.