How you can stay safe and secure online

The Internet offers so many opportunities to explore, create and collaborate. But it’s important to keep yourself safe and secure so that you can make the most of it.

There are many different kinds of cyber crime. A criminal might try to gain access to your information - like your email password, banking details or National Insurance number. They might do this by installing malware on your computer, trying to hack into your account or tricking you into giving them the information. Then they could steal from you, impersonate you or even sell your details to the highest bidder.

A criminal might also try to use the Internet to scam you, sell you fake goods or make you do things that cost you money. Or, like a thief who steals a getaway car without caring who the owner is, they could want your computer or a website that you own as a tool to commit cyber crime.

Whether you’re a new Internet user or an expert, the tips and tools here to help you navigate the web safely and securely are simply good to know.

5 tips for staying safe on the web

Secure your passwords

Learn more about how to create strong passwords and keep your information safe.

Prevent identity theft

Know the common tricks that criminals employ to help you protect yourself from online fraud and identity theft.

Avoid scams

The web can be a great place, but not everyone online has good intentions. Learn three simple ways to avoid scammers and stay safe on the web.

Keep your device clean

Find out some common signs that your device might be infected with malware - malicious software designed to harm your device or network - and how you can protect yourself.

Signing in and signing out

Signing into your Google Account is simple and useful - but know when it is important to sign out as well.

Lock your screen or device

You wouldn't go out for the day and leave your front door wide open, right? Find out why you should also lock your screen or device.

Report abuse and illegal activity

Help yourself and others stay safe online by reporting people or companies who send spam, try to sell counterfeit goods, distribute malware or are otherwise abusing our systems.

Check your Gmail settings

If you use Gmail, you can follow these steps to help make sure that your account stays safe.

Use secure networks

Be extra careful whenever you go online using a network you don’t know and learn about setting up your home router and Wi-Fi network securely.

Manage multiple accounts

Many devices now support multiple online accounts. Learn more about how to control which account you use and when.

Know your Google security and privacy tools

Find out more about the tools that you can use to help stay safe with Google.