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The Internet has given us a lot of freedom regarding expression. We can instantly share our thoughts and ideas with the world, which sometimes is a good thing. But there are also times when we must be careful about what we say and do online because our words and actions can have serious consequences. This blog post will discuss some things you need to consider before posting or clicking on the Internet.

Think Before You Click

When communicating with others in real life, there is this idea of thinking before you speak. It essentially means pausing before we say something to ensure we are not hurting somebody with our words and that we talk about the truth or something that can benefit others. The same idea can also apply when posting or saying anything online. We must be more careful when communicating with people online because digital communication has a broader reach than real-life communication. As users of such technologies and means of communicating digitally, we must be responsible for what we say or post online. So before you type or click anything on your phone or computer, it's a good idea to know several reasons why you may want to think twice before saying or posting anything online.

What you post and say on websites has a far wider reach compared to when you are speaking to people in real life, unless you are doing a public speaking session in front of many people. Of course, you never know who and how many will see your posts and messages online, but one thing is sure: anyone can quickly and easily see what you say online. So think carefully before you post or say anything online, as practically anybody can be your audience for whatever you say. Of course, there are options for limiting who can see your posts, such as only your friends. However, if you are about to post or say something you are only comfortable telling people you know, don't turn it into a public spectacle and set it privately.

It is possible to delete or edit messages you say online. However, there is always the possibility that somebody may have already archived or saved an earlier version of what you posted or displayed. If you have posted something by mistake, somebody can use it against you if they have a copy of your older messages or posts. So think carefully before hitting that send button, and review what you are about to say or post online. It can get easy to get carried away and type immediately what's in your mind, especially if you are angry or distressed by reading something that irritates you. Calm down, type, and post only when your mind is clear and rational.

Another aspect where thinking before you click applies is when browsing websites on the Internet. The Internet is like a giant playground for people to create websites and post about various things. However, the amount of policing and regulation is not absolute, and you may encounter suspicious information and websites. Therefore, clicking on anything and anywhere is not good practice when traversing the Internet. Furthermore, people with bad intentions lurk on the Internet, and you may fall for scams, data breaches, phishing, or identity theft if you are not careful where you click. Therefore, educating yourself on how to protect yourself from such evil acts online is a good idea. For example, type your personal information only on secure websites, and don't open suspicious e-mails from unknown senders, especially those constructed with poor grammar and spelling. Also, don't just click on ads that keep popping up on websites. Some may lead to sketchy websites or install malware and viruses on your computer or phone. There are various pieces of information out there that helps educate people on how to keep themselves safe when communicating and traversing the digital world, so read on them to keep your accounts safe.

It's effortless to post or say whatever we want online. People can become more confident and courageous to type whatever they want to say without concern if others are affected. One can hide behind a screen and preserve anonymity. This idea is perhaps why many people can act rude and aggressive when interacting with others online. Hardly anyone is policing things and enforcement of regulations, if there are any, is minimal. Still, acting rudely online can reflect your behavior, and it's still better to maintain discipline, honesty, and respect when communicating with others in the digital world. One must be aware of what they are doing to develop the habit of thinking before clicking to post whatever one may want to say online. Think about how your posts can affect people and treat the digital world as if the person you are talking to is right there in front of you in the physical world. It's also vital that you ensure your privacy doesn't get compromised by avoiding sharing too much private info that may not necessarily be needed to be seen by others. We should be responsible for using our technological capabilities to communicate online.

The ECSM campaign is coordinated by the European Commission and the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA), and supported by EU Member States and hundreds of partners (governments, universities, think tanks, NGOs, professional associations, private sector business) from Europe, and beyond.

The European Cybersecurity Month (ECSM) is the EU's annual awareness raising campaign dedicated to promoting cybersecurity, taking place each October across Europe. ECSM is coordinated by the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA) and the European Commission, and supported by the EU Member States and more than 300 partners (governments, universities, think tanks, NGOs, professional associations, private sector businesses). The campaign first launched in 2012.

Even better is to use one of a number of inexpensive, commercial security-awareness solutions such as KnowBe4 and Cofense. They typically start with internal testing consisting of fake emails that mimic the same ones that criminals use and identify which employees click on them. They also have a short series of effective and concise computer-based training videos, which tell you specifically what to look for in email attacks. The training can be required company-wide, or just for those employees identified in the course of testing.

Use new photos for your dating profile that are not on any of your other social media accounts. If your dating profile has a photo that also shows up on your Instagram, it will be easier for someone to find you before you want them to.

A ransomware attack is nearly impossible to prevent, and while traditional IT security measures are crucial in this everchanging environment, prevention often hinges on human vigilance. Warning employees to think before they click and initiating phishing exercises are crucial pieces to ransomware readiness and prevention.

Before you jump to make assumptions or accusations, maybe take a deep breath and step away before responding. Clear your head, then come back. You can then be sure that your response will be on point.

Next, read your email out loud. Take the time to think about if what you are typing is apropos and accurate to what was typed by the other side. You might be surprised how stepping away, then rereading an accusatory response before clicking send will help you avoid a negative impression.

A single click can be the difference between maintaining data security and suffering massive financial losses. From the moment just one employee takes the bait in a phishing email, your business is vulnerable to data breaches and extensive downtime.

But, think before you click! While social media usually is less formal than traditional written communication, lawyers must beware of crossing the line from appropriate professional conduct into the danger zone. You also must take care not to violate any ethical rules.

THINK before you click is the strong message of an internet safety campaign designed to protect teenagers from overexposing themselves on social networking sites. ... "Once you upload a picture to the internet you have lost control of it. It can be copied, altered and displayed in different contexts without your consent.

Think before you click for being on a safe side. A simple click can change your life in disastrous ways. It can leak your personal information to the internet which can lead to cyberbullying i.e. people can use those info's to blackmail you or embarrass you in front of other people. It can also lead to Identity theft i.e. your personal information can be used by an imposter and even can lead them to your bank accounts.


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