Good online habits

Good online habits

With increasing levels of online activity including remote working, shopping and communicating with colleagues friends and family, it’s worth considering how healthy your online habits are.

We can all play a role to make online communities safe and welcoming, and in the process model good behaviour for others – particularly young people in our lives.

Here are some tips for good online behaviour:

Engage positively: Be aware of your own behaviour, respect others and know how to take action to protect yourself. You can do this by:

  • Respecting the rights of others to participate and have an opinion
  • Asking others before tagging them or posting photos with them
  • Call out any online bullying behaviour, protect others
  • Don’t respond to hurtful comments or posts – block the user and report the behaviour
  • Report any threats of violence to management and local police (collect the evidence as proof)

Know your online world: Understand how to use technology and devices with confidence, protect your digital footprint and take action if your privacy is breached. You can do this by:

  •  Being open to learning new digital skills
  • Recognising online risks and how to manage them
  • Be on the lookout for suspicious emails and scams
  • Use secure passwords, keen them strong, unique and secret
  • Know how to report bullying behaviour on social media sites

Choose consciously: Be aware that you are in control of your digital and online behaviours and decision-making. Think before your share information with others and understand your comments and published content can be cached online and last forever.

  • Choose your privacy and security settings carefully and review them regularly
  • Not everyone is who they claim to be online – choose your digital ‘friends’ wisely
  • If you make a mistake, apologise and remove offensive material

Source: Australian eSafety Commissioner

Digital citizenship isn’t just about recognising and dealing with online hazards. It’s about building safe spaces and communities, understanding how to manage personal information, and about being internet savvy – using your online presence to grow and shape your world in a safe, creative way, and inspiring others to do the same.
source: Digizen UK

 

Magic passwords

Maintaining good online security for both work and personal digital activity starts with having a ‘smart’ password.

The longer or more intricate it is with a combination of letters, numbers, symbols and capitals, the more difficult it is for hackers to ‘crack’.

Here’s a few tips

  1. Generally, when creating a password, the longer it is, the stronger it is!
  2. Always have numbers and symbols, and a variation of upper and lower case characters.
  3. Include at least 8 characters, ideally 10 or more for example “C4s4b00g!e”. Make it meaningful to you so it is easy to remember. In this example “Casaboogie” where the “c” is Capitalised, “4” replaces the “a”s , “0” replaces the “o”s and “!” replaces “i”

Do not include the following things in your passwords:

  • single dictionary words, your street address or numeric sequences (such as 1234567)
  • personal information
  • anything you have previously used.

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