The internet has brought many conveniences to us; and convenience is duly appreciated when we’re always so busy with our lives. With algorithms that notify us of new items from our favourite brands, to Facebook showing us endless scrolls of newborn babies or kittens – the web is always actively transmitting and collecting information, whether or not we are actively doing so ourselves. Unfortunately, such ease sometimes comes at a price when we least expect it – but only if we let our guard down.
Where we barely pay attention to our online security in our daily lives, 11 February, also known as Safer Internet Day, is a good time to reconsider our protective measures – or lack thereof – being the one day in the year responsible internet use is promoted globally. To help you get started, here is a list of tips (some from hackers, too) to protect your privacy and security online: