A woman’s guide to being cybersafe online

The safety of women in general is unfortunately always a key topic of discussion and, with the rapid spread of information online, the internet has become another space where women have to be extra vigilant of being put at risk of dangers such as harassment.

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9/2/20222 min read

The safety of women in general is unfortunately always a key topic of discussion and, with the rapid spread of information online, the internet has become another space where women have to be extra vigilant of being put at risk of dangers such as harassment.

Recent studies have shown that women are more likely to use the internet to build and enrich their relationships, whereas men are less likely to do so. There are studies that show an increasing number of women who report online sexual harassment, stalking, and even blackmail.

Today, we offer up a guide to show women how to stay safe online.

1. Your passwords are just that... YOURS!

As odd as it may seem, people do sometimes share their passwords with a friend or a partner. Our passwords hold the key to more than just our emails. Sometimes people share the pins to their phones with a trusted partner. Keep in mind that relationships and friendships sometimes change before you have time to change your password or pin code. Always be discreet with your passwords.

2. Sharing is caring? Yes but not online though.

As much as you trust someone, or as good as your relationship is going, remember that change is the only constant. Any relationship can be great or horrible and the time it takes to swing from one end of the spectrum to the other is usually not enough for you to go and get back all those intimate pictures and messages that may be used against you.

3. Webcams off – always!

Research the number of apps freely available online to switch your camera on or record movements without your knowledge. Once you find them you will know why it is so important to disable your webcam at all times and even keep the lens covered when you don’t need it to be in use.

4. Met online and want to meet in person?

It’s normal to want to take an online encounter one step further and meet in person. Whether it is a potential relationship or friendship, you get to a point where you feel you should meet face to face and that is perfectly fine. However, keep in mind that you have only known of this person what they want you to know. To be absolutely safe, always meet in public first, preferably in a crowded place like a café or a mall and it is always best to let a friend or family member know where you are going and who you will be seeing.

5. Keep some mystery

Our lives are constantly available online. Where we go, who we see, where we live… Yet online, there are quite a few potential stalkers who try to get friendly with you through all of that personal info. Start with the basics. Disable geotagging on your camera so your whereabouts remain safe. Limit access and exposure of your personal accounts to people you know and stay safe.

This guide is a basic one with information that seems like common knowledge but so many women fall into the trap.