Being aware of our online security is paramount to everyone no matter what age. We talk about maintaining a level of privacy when online, not giving away information about where you live, or go to school. There are many different scams and out there to catch out unsuspecting individuals. We talk about some of these security issues in our talks.
Many of the things you post online can be seen by lots of people, some things stay there forever. Every time we set up a new profile or post a photograph or comment it becomes part of our digital footprint. Each footprint leaves clues and people can make a judgement about you based on what yours says about you. Posting something you have not really considered which may be offensive can have long term consequences in the future.
Catfishing is the when someone pretends to be someone they are not online and sets up a fake profile in order to lure someone they've never met into a relationship.
Phishing is a cybercrime where individuals (or sometimes entire organisations) are contacted by email, telephone or text message by someone impersonating another company or organisation. They do this to lure individuals into providing sensitive data such as personally identifiable information, banking and credit card details, and passwords.
These are usually emails or adverts (sometimes on social media or websites) that include promises of unrealistic amounts of money or prizes and awards that are too good to be true. Once clicked on, they can cause malware to interfere with the individuals computer and can divulge personal information.