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Protect Yourself Online

Teenagers are great multitaskers. You might be on Facebook, looking at a friend’s latest update, texting another friend, listening to music on iTunes and reading a website dedicated to your favorite celebrity, all at the same time. There’s one more thing you should be thinking about when using the Web – your safety.

It’s easy to get caught up reading a funny post, then click on a link and next thing you know, you’ve infected your computer with a virus. Here are some safety tips to keep in mind while surfing the Web:

  • Think before clicking links. If you see a link from a friend on Facebook or Twitter, think twice before clicking on it. Sometimes hackers hijack accounts and post links, hoping people will click on them. When you do, your computer downloads a virus.
  • Don’t give out personal information. Don’t post your address, school or other personal information on social media sites. Also, if you get an email asking you for account information, such as your bank or credit union account or Social Security number, do not respond. These are from scammers who want to steal your information.
  • Create strong passwords. A good password can help keep your accounts and personal information safe. Don’t use the same password for all your different accounts. Create unique passwords that include special characters (@, !, #, etc.), numbers and letters.