Experts offer advice on how to stay safe online on Safer Internet Day

(CBS 58) – February 5 marks Safer Internet Day.

Experts want to make sure people are staying safe online. They say you should never post anything online that you wouldn’t want others to see.

One of the most common problems is a password breach. People are urged to use separate, strong and unique password for each online account.

In addition, you should always lock your phone, tablet or computer when you aren’t using it and keep your software up to date.

“Sometimes there’s a notice on your phone or laptop that says there’s a new security update available and you have to click here to re-start,” Google’s director of account security Mark Risher said. “Some of us put that off and unfortunately what that means is that there’s a problem that’s known and the longer you put it off, the longer it could be exploited by attackers.”

Google has a new website called Be Internet Awesome that provides more information for children and adults on internet safety. Children can play games and take a pledge. For teachers, there is an internet safety curriculum. 

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