Keep yourself safe online!

16th January 2024

Welcome to our guide on staying safe online, specifically designed for refugees and asylum seekers in Scotland. In our digital world, knowing how to protect yourself on the internet is crucial. This guide provides simple, easy-to-understand tips to help you navigate the web securely.


Understanding the Basics of Internet Safety

Internet safety starts with understanding the risks. It's important to be aware of potential online scams, phishing attempts, and the importance of keeping your personal information private. Remember, if something online seems too good to be true, it probably is.


Cybersecurity Tips for Everyday Use

  1. Use Strong Passwords: Create complex passwords and change them regularly. Avoid using easily guessable information like your birthdate or simple sequences.
  2. Keep Software Updated: Regularly update your computer and smartphone. Software updates often include critical security fixes.
  3. Beware of Phishing Emails: Don’t click on links or download attachments from unknown sources. Phishing emails often look legitimate but are designed to steal your information.


Navigating Internet Safety in Scotland

In Scotland, there are resources available for refugees and asylum seekers to learn about internet safety. The Scottish Refugee Council and local community groups offer workshops and advice on staying safe online.


Celebrating Internet Safety Day: Staying Informed

Internet Safety Day is an excellent opportunity to learn about the latest in online security. Participate in local events or online webinars to stay updated.


Smart Internet Usage: Practical Advice

  1. Wi-Fi Security: Use secure Wi-Fi networks, especially when handling sensitive information. Public Wi-Fi can be vulnerable to hackers.
  2. Secure Personal Information: Be cautious about sharing personal details online. This includes your location, financial information, and identification documents.
  3. Educational Resources: Utilize online resources like OpenLearn and FutureLearn for free educational content that can help you better understand and navigate the digital world.


Cybersecurity tip of the week:

Keep an eye out on this space for a new security tip every week! If there are any topics you'd like us to cover, please e-mail Amara at



Staying safe online is essential for everyone, especially for refugees and asylum seekers adapting to a new environment in Scotland. By following these tips and making use of local resources, you can protect yourself and make the most out of the internet's vast opportunities.

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