To us, safe internet means carefree online surfing, trading, buying and perhaps managing your own website. And yet, it's best not to be naive: a number of digital phenomena force us to be cautious. With these tips, we want to put you on the right track to surfing the internet with confidence and awareness. If you do fall victim to cybercrime, there are a few organisations you can turn to.
Tips: how to be safe on the internet
Take your precautions with these 8 tips
- 1. Keep your e-mail safe
- 2. Visit safe websites
- 3. Focus on https
- 4. Shop safely when online
- 5. Choose a good password and 2 step verification
- 6. Take care of your computer and software: updates and backups are important
- 7. Take care of the basics: setting up an antivirus programme
- 8. Choose a safe wireless internet connection
Take action if you became a victim
Have you seen something suspicious or malicious online? Report abuse or cybercrime through the appropriate channels. If you have been a victim of cybercrime yourself, there are options for legal support.
Be vigilant online
There are approximately 12 types of phishing . All of these forms of phishing seek to accomplish the same goal, to steal your personal information, such as credit card numbers or passwords.
8 out of 10 Belgians occasionally buy online. Last year, they made 126.9 million purchases on the Internet. So almost all of us do it. And yet, we have to be careful. There are many fake online stores. Dropshipping is another phenomenon that invites us to remain vigilant.
Online fraud takes many forms. Malvertising, for example: fake advertisements that you better not click on if you want to save yourself a lot of trouble. CEO and invoice fraud is also common: financial employees who are manipulated into making an unsolicited payment or accepting a fake invoice.
Hackers abuse a domain name to commit fraud, such as phishing or malware . For example, they redirect visitors of a certain page to a fake site to steal data.
Partners for a safer .be area
Partners for a safe Belgian internetWe work closely together with some organisations to keep .be domain names and websites as secure as possible. Internet security is one of our priorities.