Internet Safety

With an increase in social media usage, many children and adults alike are not taking the correct steps to ensure their safety and privacy online.
Section 1: Passwords
ONE THING MANY PEOPLE MAKE THE MISTAKE OF DOING IS CREATING A PASSWORD THAT IS REALLY SIMPLE AND EASY TO GUESS. COMPANIES ONLINE IN RECENT YEARS HAVE TRIED TO SET MORE GUIDELINES AND RULES WHEN CREATING PASSWORDS TO MAKE IT HARDER TO GUESS.
This is a list of the most popular passwords of 2016. If any of these are yours, I suggest you change it.
My suggested way of creating a password is to think of a sentence or phrase that you like, then take the first letter of each word from that sentence. You may need to add numbers to the end of the password, or incorporate some into your sentence to meet some websites' requirements.
I would also suggest writing down your passwords in a book, and storing it in a safe and secure space. Books make it easier to keep track of passwords to multiple websites you may not use often. Organizing passwords based on website's name alphabetically is what I do now, to make the book more efficient to use and look up passwords.
Section 2: Blocking and Privatizing accounts
Most social medias will provide an option to make your account private. I would suggest doing this if you're underage or just want to be safe. You never want any creeps or scammers targeting you or blackmailing you through what they find on your social media pages. Make sure to keep your information safe online, as a person can track you down based on your name or where you go to school, if they wanted to.
All social media websites offer a way to block or report people for bullying, harassment, making threats, and much more. Use these responsibly in the case that someone you may or may not know are trying to hurt you. If the cyber-bullying continues after you block someones account, whether it be they create a new account or webpage, consider talking to an adult you know about it to get the issue resolved.
Section 3: Criminals
There are many notorious hacking groups, each with different motives and intentions. According to CNN, almost 110 million people have gotten their personal information hacked and/or leaked. Of course hackers will always find ways to get into whatever they want, stronger passwords and better hidden accounts can help prevent yourself from being hacked
There have also been many cases of people being robbed while on vacation, because of their social media. When you post a picture or status about how you are away from your home, thieves can find that information and plan to rob you if don't have your accounts privated. My suggestion is to private your accounts and also make sure you don't post any pictures of you on vacation until AFTER you return from your trip.

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