Top tips to stay safe online.

Since the Covid-19 pandemic we have become more and more dependent on the digital world. Online is the new frontline, from shopping online to working online, banking online, social networking, we live online. It is therefore vital we protect ourselves online and in our digital life.

Online safety is a continuous journey, and for many of us it can be daunting. Online scams are becoming increasingly common and sophisticated. So VSS has put together a list of top tips to help victims and survivors stay safe online. Please note is this not an exhaustive list of best practices but a guide that will help you remain safe and secure against the most common online attacks.

What are online scams?

Online scams come in many different formats such as:

  • Malware
  • Phishing emails
  • Online Shopping
  • Health Scams
  • Relationship Scams
  • Impersonation scams

Keeping yourself up to date and informed of the latest online scams will give you the knowledge to easily identify them and help keep you safe online. For information visit www.getsafeonline.org

How can I stay safe online?

 

Top tips to stay safe online

Following the safety tips outlined below will help you remain safe online against the most common online attacks.

 

  1. Create complex passwords and never reuse a password across different websites.

Your password is your first line of defence to protect your online identity. Creating strong, unique passwords for all your accounts really is the best way to keep your personal and financial information safe.

If your password has been compromised as a result of a corporate hack and you reuse the same password elsewhere, a hacker can use it to login to your other accounts.

We understand remembering different passwords for different accounts is a challenge so the best advice is to use a password manager to help you store and create strong passwords for all of your accounts.

Be sure to use multi-factor authentication where it is an option. This means multiple pieces of information are required to verify your identity.

To check if your email ID has been part of a data security breach that included your email address visit https://haveibeenpwned.com .

To check if a password that you use has also been found in a data breach visit https://haveibeenpwned.com/ Password 

 

  1. Boost your network security by installing security software on your devices including mobile phones (e.g. anti-virus, anti-spyware, firewall and VPN)

Anti-virus software – will detect and remove viruses before they can infect your computer.

Anti-spyware software – prevents pop up adverts that may track your activities or scan your device for personal information.

Firewall – This an electronic barrier that blocks unauthorized access to your computers and devices, and is often included with comprehensive security software.

VPN – a Virtual Private Network is a piece of software that creates a secure connection over the internet, so you can safely connect from anywhere this is particularly useful if using free, public Wi-Fi which is often unsecured

Your internet service provider may offer security software as part of your internet deal. There are also popular free security software programs available to download online, such as AVGAvast and Microsoft Security Essentials.

It is best to buy a ‘package’ from a reputable provider which will include a range of security software (such as McAfee or Norton). You can download these programs from the internet or visit a retail computer store for guidance.

 

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