internet safety

Staying Cyber-Savvy

April 8, 2024

The Internet is like a bustling city with neon signs, hidden alleys, and secret codes. But beware! Just like any metropolis, it has bright spots and shadowy corners. Navigating this cyber landscape with wisdom and vigilance is important to protect you and the ones you love.


The Digital Playground

Think of the Internet as a massive playground for grown-ups. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Websites: These are like fancy shops. Some are legit, while others might sell snake oil. Be discerning!
  • Social Media: It’s the town square where everyone gathers. But watch out for gossip and misinformation!
  • Online Shopping: Like a high-end mall. Check for secure payment gateways and read reviews before swiping that credit card.


The Art of Password Juggling

Your passwords are like keys to your virtual castle. Guard them fiercely:

  • Unique Passwords: Each account deserves its secret code. No sharing!
  • Strength Matters: Mix uppercase, lowercase, numbers, and symbols. Make those passwords beefy! You can also spell important words backward or use numbers instead of letters to make your passwords more complex!


Cyberbullies and Trolls

These digital pests lurk in the shadows. Here’s how to deal with them:

  • Block Button: It’s your magical wand. Use it liberally.
  • Report: If someone’s throwing virtual tomatoes at you, report them to the authorities.


The Mystery of Phishing

Imagine fishing but with emails. Phishing scams are like baited hooks. Don’t get reeled in:

  • Suspicious Links: Hover over links before clicking. Is that “” or “”? Use a pop-up blocker to keep unsafe websites from opening automatically.
  • Prince from Nigeria: Spoiler alert: He’s not a prince, and he doesn’t need your bank details. If it seems sketchy, trust your gut! Ask yourself: Why do they need my info? Is it safe? Who’s behind the curtain? Are they trustworthy?


Privacy: Your Digital Cloak

Wrap yourself in a cloak of privacy:

  • Location Services: Turn them off in your phone’s settings app unless you want the world to know when you’re away from home.
  • Social Media Settings: Adjust them. Not everyone in the world needs to see your vacation pictures, maybe just your close friends.


The Great Firewall of Antivirus

Install a sturdy firewall (antivirus software):

  • Updates: Keep your software up to date. It’s like patching holes in your castle walls.
  • Scan Regularly: Hunt down those digital dragons (malware) before they wreak havoc.


The Quest for Reliable Sources

In the land of fake news and conspiracy theories, be a truth-seeking knight:

  • Fact-Check: Before sharing that mind-blowing article, verify it. Visit for help determining whether or not the information is true.
  • Critical Thinking: Don’t believe everything you read!


The Final Boss: Two-Factor Authentication

Activate this shield! It’s like having a dragon guarding your treasure:

  • Text Codes: They’re your backup keys. Use them.
  • Authenticator Apps: Fancy scrolls that generate secret codes. Get one!


Remember that the digital realm can be both enchanting and perilous. Arm yourself with knowledge, wield your mouse like Excalibur, and fearlessly surf cyberspace waves!

Additional Resources

LRADAC is the designated alcohol abuse and drug abuse authority for Lexington and Richland Counties of South Carolina. The public, not-for-profit agency offers a wide array of prevention, intervention and treatment programs in locations convenient to residents of both counties. The agency has a budget of approximately $10 million and serves more than 5,000 clients per year.