Internet safety refers to personal, corporate and national security in online environments, which can be compromised by negative interactions (such as exploitation and cyberbullying) that occur in settings like social networking websites, discussion boards and chatrooms. On the corporate and national levels, internet safety may be compromised by cyberattacks in the form of hacking in order to obtain information or steal monetary funds.
New technologies, such as mobile communication and the Internet, allow you to access information, shop, bank, watch films, and communicate from almost anywhere in the world.
There are, however, downsides to information and communication technologies (ICTs).
Perhaps the most dangerous implication is loss of privacy. Almost every time you use the Internet there is a digital mark left behind that can be tracked through both legal and illegal means. This is often referred to as your digital footprint.
Follow these guidelines to secure your personal and financial safety when interacting in online environments such as the Internet:
Username & Passwords
Social networking websites such as Facebook and LinkedIn allow you to customize and change the settings that determine how the information you enter and upload is displayed, used and retrieved online.
Infographic by Veracode Application Security