"If you know the risks, keep your eyes open, and think before you click, you can surf the Internet safely."
Understand the threats from confidence tricks and dangerous programs
Learn to recognise spam email
Spam is unwanted email from someone you don't know. It is used as the carrier for most Internet confidence tricks and some dangerous programs. If you can identify spam messages, you will be much safer. Click here to find out more.
Be extra careful when shopping and banking online
Internet banking and shopping both involve transmitting your personal financial information, such as credit card details or bank logon details. If criminals manage to capture them, they can spend the money in your bank account or run up huge bills on your credit cards. Click here to find out how to prevent this.
Update your computer when you come back from holiday
When you go on holiday, or a business trip, or simply don't use your computer for any reason, it won't be updated against new security threats. When you do start using it again, the very first thing you should do is to update both Windows and your antivirus program. Do this BEFORE you start surfing the Internet or checking your email. If you don't know what you need to do, ask an expert. See Your PC.
Protect your children against online threats
Children are vulnerable to some threats that don't affect adults. They may come across material you wouldn't want them to see, be the victim of cyber-bullying, or be contacted by adults claiming to be children. If how to protect them.