6 things to remember about online security

1. Ensure password security
Do not use the same password for all of your accounts. If one is breached, the attackers have access to anything. By using different passwords for each account, you can maximise security. Use a secure password. Make it something that isn’t personally tied to you or easily guessed.

2. Use secure websites
Avoid any websites that don’t clearly state their company information, including a physical address and phone number. Make sure that the websites have a secure payment section. Check the address bar to see that the URL starts with “https” not just “http”. If it’s “http”, your details may not be safely handled.

3. Avoid phishing emails
Be vigilant about emails purporting to be from your bank or from websites that you have an account with, asking for passwords or personal information. Your bank will never ask you to send personal information over email. If you’re doubtful, just speak to someone at your bank using the numbers on their official website or on the back of your credit/debit card. Also be careful with emails from the postage service or couriers.

4. Keep your internet settings secure
Having the most up-to-date version of browsers helps to add security to your online activity. Regularly updated anti-virus software is also important.

5. Use your common sense
Does that bargain seem too good to be true? Then it probably is! Do you think the website looks a bit iffy? Then go somewhere else! Saving some cash in the short term could end up being much more financially detrimental in the long term.

6. Don’t think you wont be attacked.
Many people seem to think that because they have no known enemies, that they wont be the victim of a cyber attack. This is completely and utterly wrong. Often, attackers don’t care who you are, they use tools that search online for vulnerable accounts. Stick to the guidelines above and you’ll be better protected.

 

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