Checking websites that ask to provide personal data

Looking for New Suppliers Online

Healthy Practices for Personal Data

Finding new suppliers of products has become much easier with every business having an online presence. A risk for anyone is coming upon a website that is malicious.

How do you find out whether the company is reliable or out to scam you? In this WebQuest we will explore some of the ways you can stay safe online and practice some of the skills it takes to stay safe.

In groups:

  1. Safe website? What to look for
  2. Is the company trustworthy?
  3. Look through your own or a partner’s website, does it appear to be safe and the company trustworthy? Find examples of what would make the website more reliable.
  4. Make a proposal for what improvements should be made and why.
  1. Before you look for a new supplier you need to do what you can to ensure your enterprise’s digital safety. First step is finding out what to look for to identify a safe website. Check out the resources below and consider what you are doing already and whether you can use any of the other suggestions.
  2. Whether a website is safe is one part of figuring out whether a company is trustworthy. Many parts of the next resource are like the last, but what things are included in this list that were not in the previous source?

3. With the above knowledge in mind, look at your own or one of your business partners websites and write down things that would improve the trustworthiness of the website.

4. Final step, make a proposal for improvements that should be made to your chosen website and give a reason why/how it should be changed and whether the priority is low, medium high or even critical. 


  • How to recognize malicious websites.
  • Awareness of own practices.


  • Be able to identify whether a website is likely to be safe.
  • Being able to advise others on best practices regarding online safety.


  • Potential to change my own practice.

Nothing is 100% safe online; you can take precautions to limit your risk. With this challenge we expect that you have gained awareness of what you can do to recognize unsafe/untrustworthy websites and what you could do to improve the trustworthiness and safety of your own website.

In the EU the introduction of GDPR put a focus on keeping personal data secure and making consumers aware how the data is used. This means that we as companies need to be clear about what data we collect and how we use it. 

As a consumer it obligates us to think about who we give our data to, where we enter it, how we share it and what data we give away.

In this WebQuest there are different kinds of data and what is important to consider before sharing them.

In groups:

  1. Discuss what sharing data means to you and categorize the different data you can think of into how sensitive the data is.
  2. Sharing best practices.
  3. Risks of sharing.
  4. Make a campaign for increasing awareness about data sharing and security
  1. What data do you share and how sensitive are those data? Does data exist that you should never share? Discuss and categorize the data you can think of, based on how sensitive the data is.

Keeping Your Data Safe – YouTube 

2. Information on how to keep your data secure, make notes for use in awareness campaigns. 

3. What are the risks of sharing information, what risks are you already aware of and are any of them surprising to you?
Top 10 reasons to keep your personal information private – ReputationDefender
Social Media Privacy: What Are The Risks? (How To Stay Safe) | Aura
Learn how to reduce risks when sharing data with third parties | Soveren

4. You now know the risks, how there is a difference in how sensitive data is and how to keep your data secure. Make a campaign in the media format of your choice for increasing awareness of the dangers of sharing information and data


  • Awareness of how sharing information and data can be risky and how to stay safe.
  • Different levels of information sensitivity.


  • Keeping information secure.
  • Sharing responsibly.
  • Creating targeted campaigns in a selected media.

Knowing what information to share as well as when and where to share it is not easy.