Staying safe online is increasingly talked about, so let’s go over 5 top tips to do just that.
1. Use sensible passwords
This means not using the same one for all of your accounts (once someone accesses one, they access all), and also not using very easy to guess passwords. If you have trouble remembering them, why not try something like 1password to remember them for you?
2. Be wary of emails from strangers
If you don’t know them, don’t open the email, and definitely don’t open the attachments. It’s simply not worth the risk.
3. Be wary of emails from friends too
Sometimes hackers send emails to their targets’ friends reporting that they are in trouble and need help (usually money), before changing passwords and locking the target out of their accounts. If you receive an email like this, try contacting them offline to verify that they haven’t actually been hacked.
4. Firewalls, anti-virus, anti-spyware
Firewalls stop you from being hacked by unauthorised people, anti-virus programmes protect you against viruses (no great surprise there), and anti-spyware guards against programmes that spy on your computer in order to learn passwords or sensitive information. Get protected.
5. Be privacy-savvy
Don’t give out personal details online. What you post online is no longer just yours; you can’t always take it back, so think before you post. Read privacy policies – don’t just tick the box, know what you’re getting into.