INTERNET AWARENESS CAMPAIGN

  • The internet is a powerful resource and can be used in a number of ways for a number of different reasons
  • There are many dangers associated with going online that could result in unwanted personal information falling into the wrong hands
  • People should be aware of how to stay safe when browsing the internet and/or Social Media

The internet is a hugely powerful resource that has opened up a new world to people of all ages. It is a place where people can shop, book vacations, catch up on world affairs, watch videos, communicate with friends and family, and even complete a professional qualification course. The possibilities are endless. Unfortunately, going online also puts people at risk to fraud, spam, viruses, and other online dangers.

People who are not aware of the hazards associated with the internet might fall victim to one of these fraudsters guiles and could end up being tricked into giving bank card details and other important personal information. There are also scams that look to take over people’s Social Media accounts or even copy them in order to use a person’s close relationship with family and friends for their own gain by asking for money or other items of value.

It is important to be aware of these risks and to be vigilant when going online. As part of an Internet Awareness Campaign, over the coming weeks St Helena Government (SHG) will be giving tips and advice on the best ways to stay safe online and things to look out for when browsing the internet and/or Social Media.

Here are some things to consider:

  • If you receive a request to provide personal or financial information, take a moment to reflect and step back from the situation
  • A genuine bank or organisation will never contact you out of the blue to ask for your PIN, full password, or to move money to another account
  • Don’t be tricked into giving a fraudster access to your personal or financial details. Never automatically click on a link in an unexpected email or text
  • Always question uninvited approaches in case it’s a scam. Instead, contact the company directly using a known email or phone number
  • If something feels wrong then it is usually right to question it
  • It’s okay to stop the discussion if you do not feel in control of it

Other topics to be covered will include tips and advice on Protecting Yourself from Online Bullying, Using the Internet Safely, Staying Safe on Social Media, and Keeping Your Children Safe Online.

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SHG
1 July 2019

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