Online Safety Tips You Can Trust



In this increasingly connected world, it can be hard to feel like the internet is a place that we can trust. Every day we are bombarded with stories of how people have managed to dupe others over the internet by pretending to somebody they are not, or various invasions of privacy.

Whatever you’re doing online, there are a few tips you can follow to make sure you are not caught out by a potentially sinister world. The internet has the potential to be a fundamental tool in making our everyday lives easier – just make sure you follow these guidelines to make the most of it.


Finding romance is something that is positively encouraged here at Jilly.ca, but with more and more of us turning to online dating sites, it’s more important than ever to make sure we’re staying safe. Behave the same way on an online dating site as you would advise a teenager to behave in a chatroom – never give away personal information such as your home or work address, and if possible, take a chaperone with you to keep an eye from a distance on that all-important first date. We may not like paying for it, but it really is better to use reputable sites such as Match.com to find love for a small fee.



While we’re on the subject of paying for things online, it’s important to always look out for certain security symbols, whatever you’re paying for. A simple web address starting with https:// will inform you that the site is secure, while any site in which a padlock symbol appears when making a purchase will show it is safe. Transactions are about more than just shopping nowadays however – for example, online gaming sites now handle thousands of dollars every day. For that reason it’s important to choose a reputable retailer – Royal Canada Online has been approved by E-Commerce Online Gaming Regulation and Assurance, for example. Likewise, try to look out for reputable payment methods such as PayPal.


Social networking

In January, social networking site Facebook caused something of a stir when it updated its terms of use, warning users that they could potentially be targeted by geo-specific ads thanks to the location services on their mobile phones. While the site is certainly not spying on us, it’s up to you to make sure that your privacy is not being invaded too much. Take the time to read the terms of use, and follow the instructions on your privacy settings. If you don’t want unnecessary messages from people you don’t know, make sure you turn everything to ‘friends only’ in your account settings, and select no when Facebook asks to use your location services.


The internet can be a wonderfully helpful place, but it can also expose us to many dangers, no matter what our age. Use it, but use it wisely!



Jillianne Hamilton is the author of Molly Miranda: Thief for Hire, its two action/comedy sequels, and The Lazy Historian's Guide to the Wives of Henry VIII. She is also a graphic designer, a history enthusiast, and a dog mom. Learn more.

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