Many of the techniques we have considered for protecting ourselves online are technological in nature, for example the use of anti-malware programs, hardware and software firewalls. These certainly have their uses, but one of the most important ways of protecting yourself online is to make sure that you behave in a manner that minimises problems.
When using chatrooms, social networking sites or instant messaging you should be careful about who you interact with, especially if it’s someone you don’t know personally. You should also be very careful about the amount of information you reveal online – this is sometimes known as your digital footprint.
Another potential source of danger is email, especially emails with attachments that could hide some type of malware. You should never open or respond to email unless you know and trust the sender.
Finally, you should be extremely careful if you decide that you want to meet someone that you have encountered online in real life. You only know what they have told you about themselves and it may be completely false.