10 Basic Tips On How To Keep Your Computer Safe Online
1. Keep Your Devices Up To Date
2. Ensure Websites You Visit Have The Padlock Symbol
3. Set Strong Passwords
The more complex your password is the more difficult it is to guess. Use a combination of lower and upper case letters and add some symbols and numbers too.
Avoid passwords like – password, 000000, birthdate, dog/cat/child’s name, or 123456. No, we are not joking some people actually do this!
Do not store passwords on your device.
Here are some free to use password generators
4. Secure Internet Connection
5. Keep An Eye Out For Phishing Scams
Phishing scams use fraudulent emails and websites to trick you into disclosing private accounts or login information. Always check that you are entering a legitimate website or banking platform before using them.
Do not click on links, pop-ups, or open attachments you do not trust. You can always run your email system through your antivirus system first before downloading anything.
6. Be Careful What You Disclose On Social Media
7. Shop Safely
8. Read A Websites Privacy Policies
10. Encrypt Your Computer Files
You should keep the important files on your computer encrypted. You can also use an encrypted email system to keep your emails safe. This reduces the chance of a ransomware issue.
View our cybersecurity resources section for more information.
Stay safe and purchase a VPN and anti-software program.