Staying Safe Online

Please note, the information below is for guidance only and may not completely cover your tracks.

General security

If you do not use a password to log on to your computer, someone else will be able to access your email and track your internet usage. 

If you do use a password make sure it’s one someone who knows you can’t guess, such as your pet or birthdate, and change it regularly .

This link provides tips on creating a secure password: http://www.wikihow.com/Create-a-Secure-Password

 

Web Browsing

Use private browsing, delete activity, or use another device. Your browser downloads and stores a record of the webpages you visit on your computer or device. This is called a web history, also known as a browser cache. There are times when you may want conceal your activity online for safety reasons. There are a few ways to accomplish this.

Use private browsing. Most browsers have a privacy mode that allows you to visit websites without storing any record of your activity on your computer or device. Learn more about private browsing:

Clear your cache, history, and cookies. If you visited a site without privacy mode, you can delete records of your activity by clearing your cache, history, and cookies on your computer or device. Keep in mind that if someone is actively monitoring your computer, erasing this data could alert them to the fact that you are trying to conceal your actions.

Use another device. If you believe your computer or device is being monitored or isn’t safe, consider using a computer from a friend or a public library.

Email

If your abuser knows your personal email address, simply blocking an email from their email address is a good first step, but it is not likely to be enough. They can constantly create new accounts to use to contact you.

Consider creating one or more new email accounts:

  • Create one email account for your most trusted contacts.
  • Another account for when you register on websites.
  • An email for financial accounts e.g. online banking or PayPal.
  • Lastly, create one account for contacts that you and the abuser both know – they may give your new email to the abuser.

Facebook

Facebook provides many tools and settings you can use to stay safe whilst you are online. This is a basic outline of the things you can control, for full detailed information please visit: https://www.facebook.com/help/

General Account Settings

General Account settings include:

  • Your Name
  • Username
  • Email Address
  • Password
  • Networks
  • Language
  • Temperature

Privacy – Manage who sees your content

Privacy settings allow you to manage who sees your content. These are the settings you can change:

  • Select the audience for future posts
  • Review all posts that you have been tagged in
  • Limit the audience for past posts
  • Limit who can send you friends requests
  • Limit who can contact you
  • Change who can look you up via email address and telephone number
  • Change whether search engines link your timeline (this stops search engines such as Google from linking your profile to searches of your name)

More information about privacy can be found here (https://www.facebook.com/help/www/325807937506242)

Security Settings – Keeping your account safe

This part of your settings helps keep your profile secure, which is particularly helpful if you are worried that someone else may be accessing your account.

Login Alerts:  Login Alerts send you an alert every time your account is logged into from a new browser or new device.

Login Approvals: Login Approvals is similar to login alerts but gives you an extra security step, if you enable this setting, you will be asked to enter a special security code each time you access your account from a new computer, phone or browser.

Code Generator: Code Generator is a part of the Facebook app and creates a security code every 30 seconds, even when you aren’t connected to the internet. You’ll use that code in addition to your password to log into Facebook. You can also use Code Generator if you ever need to reset your password.

App Passwords: App passwords are one-time passwords you can use to log in to your apps and help keep your Facebook password safe. If you have login approvals turned on, you won’t have to wait to receive a code when you use an app password. Instead, you can skip login approvals and log in immediately.

Trusted Contacts: Trusted Contacts lets you pick trusted friends if you ever need help logging into your account e.g. if you have forgotten your password or no longer have access to your email account to reset it.

Your Browsers and Apps: Browsers and Apps lets you review which browsers you have saved as ones you use often.

Where you’re logged in: Where you’re logged in allows you to review and manage where you’re currently logged into Facebook. If there are any unfamiliar devices or locations you can end the activity and log yourself out from that computer phone or tablet.

Legacy Contact: A legacy contact is someone you choose to look after your account if it’s memorialised.

Deactivate your Account: Lets you choose if you want to keep your account active or deactivate it.

More information about security can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/help/www/413023562082171/

Safety – Timeline and Tagging

Timeline and Tagging settings allow you to manage things that can be put on your timeline and who can tag you into posts. Settings you can change:

  • Who can post to your timeline
  • Review posts that friends tag you in before they appear on your timeline
  • Review what other people can see on your timeline
  • Who can see posts you have been tagged in on your timeline
  • Who can see what others post on your timeline
  • Review tags people add to your own posts before the tags appear on Facebook

More about staying safe can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/help/www/748040478549007/

Other Social Media Platforms

Twitter Safety and Security: https://support.twitter.com/categories/57#category_276

Instagram Privacy and Safety Centre: https://help.instagram.com/285881641526716/

Google+ Safety Centre: https://www.google.com/+/safety/

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