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Online games are easily available for download or to play through game consoles, computers and mobile devices. While games can be entertaining, you should be aware of the potential dangers to children. 

 

Risks of online gaming 

  • Cyberbullying & online grooming 

Multiplayer online games often include a chat feature which enables players to interact through text or voice chat while playing the game. This feature can be abused and lead to cyberbullying, grooming or sexual harassment. 

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Cloud storage is a term that refers to online space that you can use to store your data. Cloud computing services are online services which store your data in a safe and secure location online, allowing you to access your files from anywhere in the world, as long as you have an internet connection. 

 

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Imagine losing your computer in a fire. Think of all the documents, files, photos and videos that you wouldn’t be able to recover. That’s why backing up your data is so important. Backing up your files gives you some protection against accidental loss of data, file corruption, hardware failures, virus attacks and even natural disasters. 

 

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A software “patch” or “fix” is an update designed to correct problems with a software program or an operating system. Software manufacturers usually develop patches to resolve any security issues or flaws that are discovered, and to improve functionality.  

 

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There are a growing number of location-based apps available for smartphone and other devices, making it easy to show your friends and family where you are and what you’re doing. Smartphones have a built-in feature which uses GPS and cell tower locations to pinpoint your approximate location. This allows you to post your location online through social networking sites or apps and is also used by location-based services such as maps. The location data can also be embedded in photos you take on your smartphone. 

 

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Your personal information is valuable and should be kept private. By maintaining your privacy, you are reducing the risk of having your identity stolen by a fraudster. 

 

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