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Tips for using this site

  • This page explains some things that may increase your safety when using this website
  • The other tabs in this section contain information on things that may increase your safety when using devices, email, web browsing and social media
  • Technology is always changing and can be confusing
  • You may need to ask a trusted person to help you with some of the suggestions on these pages

Safety tips for this site

There may be times while looking at this website when you need to exit quickly. You may also be worried about someone finding out you have been looking at this site or others.

Below are some tips for improving your safety while looking at this website, as well as information about our close button. The other tabs at the top of this page contain more information about ways you can improve your safety while online or using devices.

The 'close' button

This website has a “close” button near the top right-hand corner of each page. It is there so you can leave the website quickly.

The close button will close the 1800 RESPECT website and open the Bureau of Meteorology website. The button may be helpful if you are worried that a harmful or abusive person is about to find you looking at this site.

The close button will not delete your browser history. This means that if the person checks your browser history they will be able to see that you have visited this website.

If someone is monitoring your online activity using spyware or monitoring devices, they will still be able to see that you have visited this website.

More quick tips

Use a safe computer or device.

This means a computer or device that any harmful person does not or has not had access to. This is the safest thing to do if you don’t want someone to know what you are doing online.

 

Sign out of other accounts, such as Google or Facebook, before visiting this site.

Google, Facebook and other sites can sometimes store information about your online activity.

 

Use your internet browser settings to increase your privacy.

This might include turning off browsing history or using the browser in private mode.

 

If it is safe to do so, delete the websites URLs that you don’t want to be stored from the browser history.

You can search online to find out how to delete your history. Use Google or another search engine to search for “delete browser history”. You can include the name of your browser in your search, such as Safari, Google or Firefox.

 

Web, email and social media

  • There are always some risks to privacy and personal information when using technology
  • These pages focus on some of the things that may increase your safety when using computers, email and the internet
  • Technology is always changing and can be confusing
  • You may need to ask a trusted person to help you with some of the suggestions on this page

Thinking about technology and safety

Safety is something you need to think about when using:

The tips on these pages are a starting point, the best way to stay safe is to know your device. You can search online for the latest information about your device and online accounts.

Online safety

Safer emailing

The safety issues to be aware of with email can be different depending on the type of email service you are using. This section explains the ways different types of email services work and the things you can do that may increase your safety while using them.

Creating a safer email account


04 APR 2016

Social media

Social media privacy and security settings


21 NOV 2016

Spyware and keystroke loggers

Safety tips for devices

  • There are always some risks to privacy and personal information when using technology
  • These pages focus on some of the things that may increase your safety when using devices such as iPhones and other smartphones, iPads and tablets, laptops, teletypewriters and GPS devices
  • Technology is always changing and can be confusing
  • You may need to ask a trusted person to help you with some of the suggestions on this page

Accessibility

Device security

Device security


04 APR 2016

Device settings

Location safety

Disabling location services


04 APR 2016

Geotagging photos

Other resources and tools