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“The freedom to connect to the world anywhere at anytime brings with it the threat of unscrupulous predators and criminals who mask their activities with the anonymity the Internet provides to its users.”  Mike Fitzpatrick

12 Tips: Today Is Safer Internet Day! - Internet Messenger by Buky Schwartz

12 Tips: Today Is Safer Internet Day! – Internet Messenger by Buky Schwartz


Staying safe on the Internet is imperative. It can protect your data and your life. Unless you live on another planet, you know the internet is fraught with all sorts of Cyber-criminals; we live in a world of hackers, spammers, predators, trolls, spies and other creepy types. It takes vigilance and all the safety measures we can employ, to keep them at bay. Today is Safer Internet Day and over 100 countries globally are participating in the effort to  raise awareness for smarter and safer Internet use. Google has kindly provided us with 12 important steps we can take to stay safe while surfing the internet. I’ll share them in 3 groupings of 4. How many of them do you use to stay safe on the internet?

1. Protect you Selfie photos and your account from hackers with 2 step verification.

2. Keep criminals and hackers out by updating your browser

3. Always make sure your account is secure by doing regular check ups on your settings

4. Always make sure to lock your Device Manager before the Cyber-thieves get to it
“The Internet is the first thing that humanity has built that humanity doesn’t understand, the largest experiment in anarchy that we have ever had.” Eric Schmidt


12 Tips: Today Is Safer Internet Day! - Virus Blaster

12 Tips: Today Is Safer Internet Day! – Virus Blaster

5. Don’t engage in surprise purchases. Use password protection.

6. Control your searches for family friendly PG results

7. Identify your favorite Hangout sites and save them for return visits.

8. Keep  YouTube’s Safety Mode locked on your device… Permanently

As you develop safety measures to make your Internet surfing life easier, it’s critical that you inform your friends, family, and others of these safety measures. What good is it if you are able to protect yourself but fall victim to a loved ones carelessness? You must educate people close to you on proper and safe Internet etiquette. Surfing the Internet is not only about getting information to help us with our work, it is also about preventing Cyber-criminals from taking advantage of us with malware, adware, Cyber-stalking, hacking, trolling and spamming. Keep your loved ones protected and informed. Share the tips you’ve learned with everyone.

More Below!“Privacy is not an option, and it shouldn’t be the price we accept for just getting on the Internet.” Gary Kovacs

12 Tips: Today Is Safer Internet Day! -  At Symbol

12 Tips: Today Is Safer Internet Day! – At Symbol



9. Let your favorite browser (Chrome, Firefox) manage your 10,000 passwords

10. If you come across questionable content, flag it and let Google know

11. Learn to keep spies off your device with a PIN or other protective methods

12.  Create complex, STRONG passwords with upper case and lower case letters and symbols.

We always talk about privacy issues and how we don’t want our information to get into the wrong hands. But what are you really doing about it? Do you know that if your email provider is lax about encrypting outbound/inbound emails you send, your private information could quickly become a bargaining chip for a thief. Take a moment to see which email providers support encryption and if yours is not on the list, demand that they do so or switch providers. Your safety is important , and as Gary Kovacs said above, your privacy should never be an option. It must always be protected. What are you doing to ensure that is the case?  Below are the three links to what you can do now. I’ve also covered them above.

1.Explore these 12 safety tips. 12 tips for you right here.

2.Share the tips with your family and friends. Celebrate Safer Internet Day by sharing these tips with people you know

3.Find out how safe your email is Find out which email providers support encryption in the Transparency Report.
Positive Motivation Tip:  Staying safe on the internet is important. It can save your  data and your life.  Be vigilant. Stay safe.

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos:  Internet Messenger, Virus Blaster, At Symbol, via Wikipedia from my Personal Collection.

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet


81 Comments leave one →
  1. Masshole Mommy permalink
    10/02/2015 2:54 pm

    I need to do a virus scan now that you mention it. I do them all the time, but haven’t done one in about a week.

    • 10/02/2015 5:39 pm

      Please do. I’m neurotic about doing it every day.

      • Mrs. Jilly Fisher permalink
        12/02/2015 10:40 am

        I will have to run mine tonight. It has been awhile. Thanks for the reminder!

  2. 10/02/2015 3:02 pm

    My husband and I were just talking about this. Safer internet. When we have kids,we will not be putting their photo online, at all.

  3. Ben Butler permalink
    10/02/2015 3:07 pm

    I try to be as safe as possible whenever I’m surfing the internet. I have a firewall, spyware software, and high security settings. The last thing I need is my computer blowing up!

  4. Pam Wattenbarger permalink
    10/02/2015 3:49 pm

    Creating strong passwords is so important! I’m always surprised by some of the passwords I hear from family members.

    • 10/02/2015 5:37 pm

      I have a friend who once told me that password was his password. I couldn’t stop laughing. He has since changed it. 🙂

  5. 10/02/2015 4:18 pm

    Online safety is so important! I see quite a few people who either don’t care or don’t realize all the personal info or things that can be harmful. I will be sharing this!

  6. oschwab94 permalink
    10/02/2015 5:16 pm

    I actually had no idea it was Safer Internet Day until I was on snapchat and they had a little design for it. Safer Internet sounds like a great thing to celebrate to me!

  7. Liz Mays permalink
    10/02/2015 5:26 pm

    This is something I’ve made a point to learn and teach to my kids. I’m always reminding them to change their passwords often and not to make sketchy purchases.

  8. 10/02/2015 5:27 pm

    Internet safety is so important. Thank you for sharing such great information.

  9. LIsa permalink
    10/02/2015 5:44 pm

    I didn’t know this was even a day! Internet safety is so very important.

  10. kathy permalink
    10/02/2015 6:02 pm

    I am always very careful about using the internet. Safety is so important! My daughters are still young, but I’ll let them play kids games on the laptop. I want to make sure everything is safe and secure for them when they get older and really know how to work the computer.

  11. 10/02/2015 7:54 pm

    The internet is full of criminals trying to get your info. Thanks for these safety tips!

  12. upliftingfam permalink
    10/02/2015 8:56 pm

    These are excellent tips and suggestions. Plus, if you have kids you need to teach them these dangers and monitor their online activities. They are young and naive so they don’t realize the things they do can harm them.

  13. monticiana permalink
    10/02/2015 9:30 pm

    Thank you for sharing this information!

  14. Mystic_Kitchen permalink
    10/02/2015 10:25 pm

    Great tips-this is very important! thanks for sharing!

  15. Dominique Goh permalink
    10/02/2015 10:43 pm

    Those are really good tips. I change my passwords regularly and update my browser

  16. 10/02/2015 11:06 pm

    While technology is amazing, there is the caveat too. Thank you for your important and thoughtful post. Internet safety is something we need to strive for as parents. 🙂

  17. 11/02/2015 12:41 am

    Password protections is extremely important. I learnt that the hard way! Great post.

  18. Lauren permalink
    11/02/2015 1:20 am

    This is what I’m worried about when my kids get older. I really want to make sure the computers in our home (and their phones) have parental locks on them.

  19. 11/02/2015 1:23 am

    Vital information, thank you!

  20. 11/02/2015 2:56 am

    I love this post, Elizabeth. I thought what I’m already doing’s enough – turns out I still need to work on a lot of things. While the internet has helped us and made our lives easier in so many ways, we all still have to be cautious in using it. I’m saving your post for future reference so I don’t forget.

    • 11/02/2015 1:11 pm

      We do have to be very cautious. The other day a group member sent me a tweet that I could tell was a virus. She had no idea when she clicked on it… Thank you! 🙂

  21. 11/02/2015 2:59 am

    I thought I was already doing okay with keeping my stuff safe online, but after reading your post, turns out I still have to work on so many things. I am grateful for this post, Elizabeth and I’m saving for future use. While the internet has made our lives easier in a lot of ways, safety cannot be compromised.

  22. 11/02/2015 4:52 am

    Isn’t it sad that we have to think like this and not have it be the lovely neighbourhood it could be, where we meet so many lovely folk such as yourself

  23. 11/02/2015 5:20 am

    I never knew there is such an occasion as Safer Internet Day. Thanks for the great tips!

  24. foundfrolicking permalink
    11/02/2015 8:40 am

    This is such an important topic. There are more and more ways the internet is being abused by hackers, scammers, etc. It’s really essential for people to know how to protect themselves, from what type of content they put on the internet and how. Thanks for sharing!

  25. 11/02/2015 10:21 am

    Now that you bring it up, I need to do a virus check. Online safety is SO important.

  26. Ann Bacciaglia permalink
    11/02/2015 12:02 pm

    These are really great tips. I have not done a virus scan in a long time.

  27. 11/02/2015 2:01 pm

    I definitely change my password often. Trouble is I forget what I changed to sometimes and have to reset. 😉 These are all wonderful tips to read and practice!

  28. Christina Aliperti permalink
    11/02/2015 2:25 pm

    As much as I love the internet and can’t live without it, it can be a dangerous place. Thanks for the great tips to help stay safe online.

  29. Cherri Megasko permalink
    11/02/2015 2:47 pm

    I’m going to need to work on the complex, strong password tip. Mine tend to get rejected because they are so simple. 🙁

  30. 11/02/2015 5:49 pm

    I need to work on my passwords. Seems too many know my basic codes and that is not good at all.

  31. 11/02/2015 6:59 pm

    these are some great tips! i rarely thought about staying safe on the Internet !

  32. 11/02/2015 9:24 pm

    Although my site is safe and I employ many of these tips, last year I had the life scared out of me. My site was supposedly attacked by malware. Fast forward and things are all good, but there was a very dark week last year where I thought I had lost my blog to hackers.

  33. selly permalink
    11/02/2015 10:48 pm

    my facebook was once hacked by someone. He changed my profile pictures and my profile, and made me desperate a lot. from that moment, I regularly change my pass. 🙁

  34. 12/02/2015 2:15 am

    That’s a great tips I’ve read before, and I haven’t heard about this internet day. Thanks for idea!

  35. Masshole Mommy permalink
    12/02/2015 2:35 am

    Those are awesome tips. I think the password one can be challenging sometimes – especially if it requires characters and/or one cap or something.

  36. Debbie Denny permalink
    12/02/2015 3:23 am

    Very good advice. Sad that there are so many out there that will take advantage.

  37. Ruby Caberte permalink
    12/02/2015 4:39 am

    Thank you for sharing. I didn’t know that the other day was Safer Internet Day. Will add this to my blogging calendar for next year.

  38. Debi permalink
    12/02/2015 6:15 am

    These are great tips. It is so important to think before adding information on the internet.

  39. harrietb (@harrietb) permalink
    12/02/2015 6:45 am

    There is so much to have to remember. Thanks for the tips.

  40. 12/02/2015 8:03 am

    Internet safety is so important these days. You can’t be too safe in my opinion.

  41. franc permalink
    12/02/2015 8:09 am

    Don’t click unnecessary links and avoid visiting spammy sites. Password can also keep your files more secure.

  42. papaleng permalink
    12/02/2015 8:17 am

    These are very nice tips. Internet safety is a must. So, I have to change my password every month. Safe from hackers.

  43. 12/02/2015 8:19 am

    These are helpful and great tips Elizabeth. I’ve always value security. Specially now that we live in the era of technology. My work requires higher degree of online security and sometimes people just don’t get it. I was once pissed off of security measures, but later on realize it was needed to protect me. Great reminder on security! Thanks!

  44. papaleng007 permalink
    12/02/2015 8:22 am

    These are very nice tips. Internet safety is a must. Last week someone tried to hack my Facebook account. good thing my account is safe. Still, I have to change my password . Safe from hackers.

  45. 12/02/2015 8:42 am

    These are really great tips. Thank you so much for sharing.

  46. Dhemz permalink
    12/02/2015 10:01 am

    this post is definitely very helpful and informative. Thanks for these tips!

  47. 12/02/2015 11:47 am

    Absolutely great tips for a safer internet access as we live in a world where you are tracked knowingly or unknowingly by strangers. I have setup the 2-step verification for all my accounts & I have a habit of keeping my passwords so stronger with special characters as well.

  48. 12/02/2015 12:46 pm

    Keeping kids safe on the net is hard. These are great tips for that.

  49. Nicol Wong (@yuk_lui) permalink
    12/02/2015 1:16 pm

    some great tips! spam emails are to be aware of as well

  50. The Trophy WifeStyle permalink
    12/02/2015 1:37 pm

    I really need to step my game up in all this kinda stuff!!! Definitely need a new virus scanner program on my imac

  51. 12/02/2015 4:31 pm

    I do worry about internet safety, especially now that I am a mom. I think that these are great tips that we should all follow! Pinning!

  52. Vanessa permalink
    13/02/2015 12:58 am

    Unfortunately, the Internet is full of cyber thieves and we often lose a lot-privacy, money, etc. We need to protect ourselves. I still remember how my online store was hacked by a sixteen year old Moroccan hacker and how much time and effort it took to restore it back.

  53. Kylie permalink
    13/02/2015 1:36 am

    I like the first photo in this post.. It’s so cute! Thanks for the tips. I’ll put all the tips in my mind..

  54. sriches permalink
    13/02/2015 2:10 am

    Internet safety is definitely so important, especially nowadays as it is so easily accessible – and for children! Some great tips! Sim @ x

  55. 13/02/2015 3:34 am

    I have to say I always feel pretty safe as my husband is a software engineer. Everyone needs to be more careful though I think.

  56. 13/02/2015 3:59 am

    Thank you for the reminder. Some may sound simple but these are the things people often forget. I will have to review mine too very soon!

  57. 13/02/2015 4:59 am

    I love these tips. Good work because these serve as a good reminder for folks. The internet is fun to use, but we also have to make sure that we do everything we can to stay safe!

  58. 13/02/2015 7:19 am

    This is definitely a very helpful post. Keeping your internet has become more important in today’s time than ever.

  59. Fred permalink
    13/02/2015 7:56 am

    Thank you for reminding us of this very important topic. This is especially true for our kids who enjoy using the internet, but are usually unaware of the dangers. – Fred

    • 13/02/2015 7:30 pm

      Exactly. I have memories of my kids on the Internet and what they dragged onto our computer. Phew!

  60. 13/02/2015 1:26 pm

    This is a very helpful post. I had to check the link about how to protect selfies because I must say, I have lots of it posted online :p Thanks for sharing

  61. Carly Anderson (@lipglosscrayons) permalink
    14/02/2015 7:21 pm

    Such great reminders, and I love that statue!

  62. phyliciamarie permalink
    22/02/2015 10:11 pm

    I like how your list is brief and clear, so it’s easier to relay to other people. I’m all for internet safety, so i’ll keep these all in mind.

  63. lee rosales permalink
    14/04/2015 10:23 pm

    I have been a victim on fb and my personal email. I always change my password every 2 months. I even use alphanumeric pw. The funny rthing is, theres nothing to be hqcked on my profiles. Im just an ordinary person, lol

  64. ilovepaars permalink
    14/04/2015 10:33 pm

    I have been a victim by hackers on my fb and email. I tried changing my password and security questions every 2 months yet i was victimized by these hackers

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