7 Ways to Stay Safer Online

By Nancy C. Muir

How you can keep your personal information safe online? Increase your online security when you’re browsing the web, downloading apps, and posting content, by following these guidelines:

  • Use caution when posting information to a social networking site such as Facebook. If you haven’t limited your account to trusted friends, telling people your whereabouts or your emotional state, can open you to potential theft or bullying.

  • Never download a file, such as a free game or email attachment, unless you’re sure of the source. Such files can have viruses that damage your tablet. (Free apps or music from Amazon that you access using your Fire tablet should be relatively safe to download.)

  • Be careful what you show in photos that you share. Your own appearance can make you a target for ID theft or bullying, and photos can also reveal your location or a regular hangout, your family members’ appearances, and your car license plate, for example.

  • Don’t forward emails that have long lists of recipients on them. This is common with photos or jokes that are forwarded all around the Internet. By leaving these addresses in an email, you’re putting everybody, including yourself, at risk of having your email address stolen by a spammer or hacker.

  • If you address an email to several recipients, put their addresses in the Bcc field (see previous bullet).

  • Change settings for the Silk browser in the Applications category of your Fire tablet settings. You can block pop-up windows that may contain advertising or dangerous links, choose not to accept cookies (small files that some sites place on your device to identify you), and clear your browser data so that nobody else can see where you’ve gone online.

  • Be very careful about what links you follow online. Tapping a link can lead you to a site that will download malware to your device or display information you prefer not to see.