To make sure that you get the most out of using Connect to Support Wakefield and the internet more widely it is important that you are aware of steps you can take to help you stay safe online, whether you are looking up information, shopping or getting in touch with friends.
The internet is a really useful way to shop and manage money from your home particularly at times when shops and banks would be closed. Shopping on line can also be a good way to make sure you are not paying too much for goods as you can easily compare prices and make sure you are getting a good deal.
Although there are lots of benefits of shopping online it is important to take steps to help you stay safe just as you would in any normal day to day activity. Before going online you should think about doing the following:
The Connect to Support Wakefield website has a https:// address and displays the padlock icon.
Online social networking is a great way of keeping in touch with your friends and family or getting in touch with people who are interested in the same things as you.
However, social networking sites are sometimes used by people to take advantage of other people. If you are using social networking sites there are some things you should do to look after yourself:
You might want to install the following software and features on your computer to protect your personal information:
You can download free resources online or buy antivirus products; your local computer shop would be able to help you with this. Once the software is installed, keep it up to date when prompted.
You can out more information about staying safe on line at the Yorkshire and Humber Grid for Learning site: http://www.yhgfl.net/eSafeguarding/eSafety
If you have a particular problem resulting from internet shopping within the UK - you can contact Citizens Advice, by visiting www.adviceguide.org.uk or calling the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 08454 04 05 06.