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Safer Internet Day: Protection begins with common sense

Posted at 1:46 PM, Feb 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-07 13:54:34-05

Shopping, browsing or posting to social media, there are many ways we use the internet, and many ways for scammers and identity thieves to steal from you.

To bring awareness and encourage people to be safe while on on the web, Michigan Attorney Bill Schuette encourages everyone on Tuesday to brush up on their internet habits during Safer Internet Day.

“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.”

Some tips from the attorney general’s office 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; do not give them any. The AG recommends hanging 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, the attorney general says.

Safer Internet Day is an international education and awareness-raising effort spanning more than 100 countries. People can also use the hashtag #SID2017 to help spread awareness of the day. 

Schuette also has issued a video with other tips on how to stay safe on the internet, and it can be viewed here.

For more information into Safer Internet Day, click here.