Web safety, or online safety or Internet Safety, is the knowledge of maximizing the user's personal safety and security risks to private information and property associated with using the internet, and the self-protection from computer crime in general.As the number of internet users continues to grow worldwide, internet safety is a growing concern for both children and adults.Common concerns regarding safety on the internet include: malicious users (spam, phishing, cyberbullying, cyber-stalking.
Several crimes can be committed on the Internet such as stalking, identity theft and more.
Most social networking and chat sites have a page about safety.
Numerous groups, governments and organizations have expressed concerns about the safety of children using the Internet.
Safer Internet Day is celebrated worldwide in February to raise awareness about internet safety.
Sensitive information such as personal information and identity, passwords are often associated with personal property (for example, bank accounts) and privacy and may present security concerns if leaked.
Unauthorized access and usage of private information may result in consequence such as identity theft, as well as theft of property.Common causes of information security breaches include: Phishing is a type of scam where the scammers disguise as a trustworthy source in attempt to obtain private information such as passwords, and credit card information, etc. Phishing often occurs through emails and instant messaging and may contain links to websites that direct the user to enter their private information.These fake websites are often designed to look identical to their legitimate counterparts to avoid suspicion from the user.Internet scams are schemes that deceive the user in various ways in attempt to take advantage of them.Internet scams often aim to cheat the victim of personal property directly rather than personal information through false promises, confidence tricks and more.Malware, particularly spyware, is malicious software disguised as legitimate software designed to collect and transmit private information, such as passwords, without the user's consent or knowledge.