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How To Protect Your Data

What is data? Data is certain types of information that you might share online. You could have given your date of birth or where you live on a website for example. That is information that some people or companies might find useful.

People who want to advertise things, for example, want to show their adverts to different groups of people, and they will use things like your age, where you live, and the kind of things you like to decide if their advert is going to be shown to you.

Date could also be a photo or video that you have shared. Do you know who is getting to see those posts?

Stay In Control

It’s important that you consider your privacy settings when you are using platforms like apps and social media. If you aren’t sure where the privacy settings are on the social media platforms that you use, ask an adult you trust.

And make sure that your password is safe and that you don’t tell anyone what it is! A strong password is really important. Try to make it something that nobody else will be able to guess.

A strong password will have a mix of upper and lower case letters, and sometimes have what they call a ‘special character’ such as !, £, *, &, or @. Having a number in there is a good idea too.

Always make sure that you have virus protection software on your device, and update it regularly to make sure it is giving you all the protection you need.

Top tip

“Make sure to lock and keep your profile private on social media.” Rudi, aged 9

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How To Protect Your Data

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