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Phishing and the secure padlock
Good advice to children and young people is to always check the web address bar to see if it has the little padlock on the left hand side and the web address starts with 'https', with the s denoting secure. Security researchers are finding that criminals are also using the padlock in the hope that you'll be tricked into thinking the site is legitimate and/or safe.
It's still good advice to check for a secure connection, but users should also check:
- Grammar and spelling (this is the easiest and the most common that I find).
- Suspicious popups making outlandish claims (e.g. win an iPad).
- A slight alteration to the web address (an obvious one might be Barc1ays, where the L has been changed to a figure 1).
The recent Ofcom report highlighted that one third of 12-15 year olds knows how advertising online works, which suggests that two thirds don't. Advertising is a great way of talking about the digital footprint from a slightly different angle. MediaSmart UK have some great free resources for primary and secondary schools:
Always talk to a trusted adult
It's one of the important messages we give to children, but if you are using this message, please be careful. This message cannot be used as a 'rule', it needs context. Remember, one of the processes an offender might try is to establish trust.
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