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What are the dangers of spending so much time online?

Being online is so much a part of our lives nowadays that it's easy to forget that most of what we do online, stays online, and that one day something may come back to haunt us.

The trouble is ..... online safety? It’s a bit boring… Many people don’t pay much attention to it, or think that they’re pretty safe in what they do online. Perhaps you yourself have never had anything dodgy happen to you online, but there's a pretty good chance that you know somebody who has...

The good news is that there are a few fairly simple steps you can take to make sure that what you do online is not putting your data and private information at risk. You don't need to turn into a paranoid, gibbering wreck, just be smart online!



Some London Met students talking about what (if anything..) they do to stay safe online.


A cautionary tale...

The video below describes a (fictional) situation to highlight the ease with which (mis)information can spread online.


Practical Steps you can take

· Try to be aware of the risks that are out there. This doesn't mean being super paranoid about everything, but just think about what you're doing.

· If you have a laptop or PC, make sure that you have up to date anti-virus software installed. This can be expensive, but there are some cheap (or even free) options out there. You'll find some of these options described by Martin Lewis on

· If you receive emails or messages asking you to open attachments or click on links, if you don't know who it's from, don't do it. If it sounds too good to be true, it is.

· Be very careful which Wifi network you connect to when you're in a public place. If a network is unsecured (i.e you don't need a password to access it) then treat it with caution.

· It's difficult to remember loads of different passwords for every site you sign up to. The temptation can be to use the same password for everything. Don't! Why not try creating combinations with one 'base' password. For how to do this, take a look at this LifeHacker post.


Read more about it

The BBC Webwise site has a simple introduction to some of the online threats that we all face.

The Get Safe Online website has some really comprehensive advice on what you can do to keep yourself and your computer more secure.



Sometimes it's easy to spot scam emails because the use of English is so poor! Is it likely that an official email from a bank would be full of bad grammar and spelling mistakes? No, so don't open it and mark it as spam.