Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette today encourages everyone to use Safer Internet Day, February 7, 2017, as a way to brush up on a number of practices that help protecting their privacy on the Internet.
“Protecting ourselves on the Internet begins by using common sense,” said Schuette. “It’s important to know your privacy options before sharing information online, whether you’re purchasing from business sites, sharing posts on social media, or just using your smart phone. Consumers must always be on alert.”
Schuette issued a short video with tips on how to stay safe on the Internet. The tips include:
- Check privacy settings – filtering by preference who can see your location, posts, photos, and other information.
- Don’t give out personal information – If someone you don’t know contacts you for payment information, passwords, or other details, don’t give them anything. Hang up the phone and call or email the organization directly.
- Contact Law enforcement – if you encounter a real threat or suspicious behavior make sure to report it to the authorities.
Safer Internet Day is an international education and awareness-raising effort spanning more than 100 countries. Help inform others by using hashtag #SID2017 on Twitter and Facebook.
For more information and tips about how to safeguard personal information online, visit the Safer Internet Day website. For additional tips on how to protect social media accounts visit the twitter and Facebook safety centers.