In 2022 there are more people connected to the internet than at the time the internet was invented. The more people that are connected to the internet, the more the need to keep the internet safe for all. How can we stay safe online in a world that is filled with cybercrime? Every time we connect online we leave a digital footprint. We leave information about our private lives in the public domain, the internet. The risk becomes higher when you have a lot to lose in case you are hacked for example. So let’s break down the word safe to serve as an acronym for the things we need to keep in mind while we get online.

Security: Internet security is a branch of computer security with an objective to establish rules and measures to use against attacks over the Internet. The Internet is an inherently insecure channel for information exchange, with a high risk of intrusion or fraud, such as phishing, online viruses, trojans, ransomware, and worms.

Access: Internet access is the ability of individuals and organizations to connect to the Internet using computer terminals, computers, and other devices; and to access services such as email and the World Wide Web. Internet access is sold by Internet service providers (ISPs) delivering connectivity at a wide range of data transfer rates via various networking technologies. Many organizations, including a growing number of municipal entities, also provide cost-free wireless access and landlines. But how exactly we connect to the internet matter how safe we shall be. One common rule of thumb is to keep personal information private.

Firewall : when we connect to the internet, we experience a lot of traffic in and out of the devices we use to connect. With an internet firewall, all traffic coming from the Internet or going out from your internal network passes through the firewall. So keeping a strong firewall helps you to keep safe.

Encryption: Lastly encryption is one way that we can use to keep safe. The Internet Society defines encryption as the process of scrambling or enciphering data so it can be read-only by someone with the means to return it to its original state. It is a crucial feature of a safe and trustworthy Internet. It helps provide data security for sensitive information. Encryption is vital to a safe, secure, and functioning world.

We rely on encryption every day. Encryption helps to keep your data secure. Your mission is to protect it and here are the ways that you can protect it as laid out by the Internet Society.

1. Use end-to-end encryption. Take these actions to make sure you are as safe as you can be.
Use end-to-end encrypted messaging apps. Switch to using messaging apps that offer end-to-end encryption, e.g. WhatsApp, Signal, Threema, and Telegram. Some are better than others, so make sure to read the reviews.

2. Turn on encryption on your devices or services. Some devices or services will offer encryption, but not set it as the default. Make sure to turn on encryption. Encryption can only be as good as the other security tools it relies on, so taking the following security steps are critical:

3. Use strong passwords. Do not just use a default password, a simple guessable password, or a password that uses personal information, e.g. your pet’s name. No matter how strongly your device or application is encrypted, if someone can figure out your password – they can access your data.

4. Keep up with updates. No system is perfectly secure. Security vulnerabilities are always being discovered and fixed with updates. That’s why it is so important to keep up with updates to your applications, devices, and services. The update could be fixing a vulnerability and making you safer!

5. Turn on two-factor log-in (2FA). Two-factor log-in adds another factor (like a bank security fob) to your usual log-in process (e.g. a username and password). Adding another factor makes it even harder for criminals to access your data.

5. Turn on erase-data options. Some smartphones and services have an option that will erase your data after 3 or 10 failed attempts. Turn this on to protect yourself from thieves or if you lose your phone.

Keep enduring to keep the internet safe for me and you and our children.