Web safety

See Technical for information about the safety of this site.       See also: PC trouble shooting

Safe social networking

UK Safer Internet Centre have produced a handy guide for children, young people, parents and teachers, to on-line safety when using the social networking sites.        Click icon to view.        Also, here are some handy tips for parents.

Safety on-line

Ambitious about Autism has produced an introduction to on-line safety.       Click PDF icon to view.       

For a more in-depth guide, Get safe online offers an encyclopaedia of on-line safety.       Their Safe internet use page has some handy bullet points for checking websites.        For example try clicking icons in web browser address bar – circled in red in example below.       The website information you get may vary according to which browser you use and browser extensions and addons in use.  

Before spending money or giving personal details a website needs to be checked.      This can be tricky, especially if they are not well known companies.        Here is an introduction to checking out a company in the UK, with links at the bottom.


You only want one.          If you have more than one active at a time they may clash.          Some security packages have them bundled in but all versions of Windows have one available.

For more information see: Technical Tips:

  • To see why one firewall is enough see the not overdoing things bullet point.
  • To find Windows Firewall settings see under security screens.


For a sound introduction to the issues and context see Do you really need antivirus software?

For a guide to free options click Best free antivirus software .

Again, you only want one Anti-virus package.      You can have too much security.

Things to avoid

You may see adverts or find software on Google claiming to fix problems on your PC or speed up performance.    Treat these with a great deal of suspicion.