Using your computer, tablet or mobile phone to access your online life is quick and seamless. The ease of online access gives you the freedom to manage your accounts anywhere, anytime, which can make life a lot easier, but it also means that you need to be aware of potential risks online and take steps to ensure you minimise any risks. We’ve highlighted some of the key areas below.
Passwords are your key online identifier and although we all moan about the sheer number of them we have to memorise, they do play a very important role in protecting your data and security. Any threat to your online existence can be substantially reduced by maximising the strength of your password and by using computer protection software.
The most common online security measure is the classic username and password combination. You will need these details to access your online bank account, shopping accounts such as Amazon or EBay and even social networks sites so it’s vital to make sure you have a strong password.
Here are some top tips:
Following these top tips will help keep your online information safe and secure however there are other clever ways online criminals can gain access to your data.
Computer viruses are small software programs that are specifically designed to do your computer harm. They can often go unnoticed for long periods of time as they work in the background corrupting your hard drive, stealing data and even spreading to other computers.
There are three main types of virus:
Prevention is better than cure so make sure you keep your computer current with the latest updates and antivirus tools.
There is a wide range of antivirus software available to purchase on the high street and online. Free antivirus software and security packages are also available from some internet service providers, banks and the internet. If you do chose to download
For more information about staying safe online: https://www.getsafeonline.org/protecting-yourself