Cyber-safety is important to protect yourself from online threats such as identity theft, fraud, hacking, cyberbullying, and cyberstalking.
Here are some guidelines for staying safe online:
- Use strong and unique passwords: Use strong and unique passwords for all your online accounts. Avoid using the same password for multiple accounts. Consider using a password manager to keep track of your passwords.
- Keep your software updated: Make sure your operating system, browser, and antivirus software are up to date. This will help protect you from known security vulnerabilities.
- Use two-factor authentication: Use two-factor authentication for your online accounts whenever possible. This adds an extra layer of security by requiring a code in addition to your password.
- Be careful with personal information: Be cautious about sharing personal information online, including your full name, address, phone number, and date of birth. Avoid sharing sensitive information such as your NI number or financial information. Also do not answer questionnaires that ask things like your first pet’s name, all of these could be used as memorable information to access your accounts.
- Be mindful of phishing scams: Be wary of emails or messages that ask for personal information or prompt you to click on a link or download an attachment. Verify the legitimacy of the sender and be cautious of suspicious links.
- Use a virtual private network (VPN): Consider using a VPN when using public Wi-Fi to encrypt your internet connection and protect your online privacy.
- Think before you post: Be careful about what you share online, including photos and comments. Once you post something online, it can be difficult to remove it from the internet.
- Use privacy settings: Take advantage of the privacy settings on social media platforms and adjust them to your comfort level.
- Report suspicious activity: If you encounter suspicious activity online, report it to the appropriate authorities or website administrators.
- Educate yourself: Stay up to date on the latest online threats and educate yourself on how to stay safe online.
By following these guidelines, you can help protect yourself from online threats and stay safe online.