1. Use strong passwords. Make sure your passwords are strong and unique for each account.
  2. Use strong security settings. Enable two-factor authentication for financial accounts and accounts with important personal information.
  3. Be careful about what you click. Don’t click on links in emails or messages from people you don’t know. These links could lead to malicious websites that could infect your computer with malware. Or the email may be impersonating a known company in an attempt to steal your login credentials. Always go to the company’s website yourself to log in. Be wary of ads on social media. Buy from companies you know and trust.
  4. Don’t give out personal information to people you meet online. People may not be who they say they are. If you need to meet someone you connected with online, make sure to meet in public for the first time, and let a trusted friend or family member know about your plans.
  5. Save evidence of cyberbullying and report it. Save screenshots of the messages, emails, or recordings of the bullying. Most websites and apps have policies against cyberbullying and will take action if it is brought to their attention.
  6. Block, mute, remove. Control your digital space and trust your gut. If someone makes you feel unsafe online, don’t be afraid to report them or block them. Don’t worry about hurting their feelings. Your safety and comfort must always be your first priority.
  7. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. If you’re ever uncomfortable with someone online, don’t be afraid to reach out to someone you trust for help.
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