Work Safely and Responsibly Online

When using a computer online, there are a number of potential dangers that you should be aware of.

First of all, protect your password. As stated earlier, creating a password is very important for securing your data. Therefore never share your password with anyone. No one will ever legitimately ask you to give out your password, even your bank will never ask for your password in an email, even when you telephone them, they will only ask for certain letters from it to authorise you.

Some emails that may appear to be from your bank may ask for you to re-confirm your username and password. These are usually fraudsters trying to obtain your details so they can gain access to your account. Therefore do not share your personal data with anyone online such as your address, phone number, birthday etc. unless you know the recipient and are sure you are speaking to or chatting with them.

When opening emails be wary of weblinks. These could refer you to sites containing harmful viruses or ‘spoof’ web sites. Check links first or type the address into the address bar in your browser.

This process of attempting to obtain sensitive information such as user names, passwords and credit card details by pretending to be a trustworthy person or company in electronic communications is known as Phishing.

Communications that pretend to be from popular banks, auction sites, online payment processors or IT administrators are commonly used to trick individuals, be aware of these when working online.

When working online it can be easy to break the law. The fact that you are behind a computer screen does not protect you from the law. Making untrue allegations or malicious comments on a social networking websites such as twitter can lead to prosecution for libel. Also be aware of copyright law, downloading music, films or other copyrighted material can also lead to court action for breach of copyright.

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