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Top Tips for Staying Safe Online in 2015

Published on 01 September 15
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The internet is always changing, developing to the point of incredible proportions. Itâs a bit like exploring a jungle in that we never know exactly what dangers or traps we could stumble across. Thus with progress comes new, potentially dangerous problems and cracks. There plenty of well-documented braches in security in 2014, so itâs important that all regular internet users are aware of the dangers surrounding reckless online searching.

Companies are at risk of losing thousands as a result of cyber threat, while individuals using the internet for their own personal use are also at risk. You might be tired of internet security warnings by now but we can assure you that cyber threats are always changing and itâs really important for you to be up-to-date. Here are some top tips for you to follow that will ensure the chances of you being compromised online are minimal.

Donât use Public Wi-Fi to Access Accounts

Wi-Fi may well be free or readily available for you to use but that doesnât mean you should happily connect all the time. Any time you find yourself using your bank account online or you are making online payments, it is highly recommended that you use your 3G connection instead. All that needs to happens for the wireless network to be compromised and the cyber-criminal will have plenty of time to steal your data.

Be Aware of Fraudulent Emails

Any dodgy email that asks you to download something you didnât ask for, such as an attachment informing you of an urgent transaction that needs to be made which also involves you logging in with your details, stay well away from this email. These emails will do everything to convince you and ultimately end up tricking you to visit their site which leads to spyware and viruses affecting your computer. Reputable organisations would never ask to send your personal information through email, so use this advice to find it easier to notice the dodgy emails.

Stay Safe When Using Social Media

Scams, phishing, catfishing and all other kinds of bizarre online attacks are becoming increasingly popular on social media. Cyber criminals will use compelling and well-crafted posts to entice you, such as free entry to a competition or prize collection links. The internet does not have any genuine freebies, so anything that looks too good to be true is almost defiantly that. Do not click anything like this as you will end up posting the same malicious scripts onto the timelines of others.

Use a Password Only You Can Possibly Know

The strength of your password is absolutely essential. They are your primary defensive shield against anyone looking to access your private data. You should avoid using popular names of family members, pets or maiden names as they can all be quite easily guessed. You need to use a mixture of complex characters, at least 8 characters per password, so that the chances of anyone guessing your password are minimal. You should also avoid using the same password across numerous accounts, as straightforward as this may be. You wouldnât want all your accounts compromised if a hacker managed to guess your password.
Top Tips for Staying Safe Online in 2015 - Image 1

The internet is always changing, developing to the point of incredible proportions. Itâs a bit like exploring a jungle in that we never know exactly what dangers or traps we could stumble across. Thus with progress comes new, potentially dangerous problems and cracks. There plenty of well-documented braches in security in 2014, so itâs important that all regular internet users are aware of the dangers surrounding reckless online searching.

Companies are at risk of losing thousands as a result of cyber threat, while individuals using the internet for their own personal use are also at risk. You might be tired of internet security warnings by now but we can assure you that cyber threats are always changing and itâs really important for you to be up-to-date. Here are some top tips for you to follow that will ensure the chances of you being compromised online are minimal.

Donât use Public Wi-Fi to Access Accounts

Wi-Fi may well be free or readily available for you to use but that doesnât mean you should happily connect all the time. Any time you find yourself using your bank account online or you are making online payments, it is highly recommended that you use your 3G connection instead. All that needs to happens for the wireless network to be compromised and the cyber-criminal will have plenty of time to steal your data.

Be Aware of Fraudulent Emails

Any dodgy email that asks you to download something you didnât ask for, such as an attachment informing you of an urgent transaction that needs to be made which also involves you logging in with your details, stay well away from this email. These emails will do everything to convince you and ultimately end up tricking you to visit their site which leads to spyware and viruses affecting your computer. Reputable organisations would never ask to send your personal information through email, so use this advice to find it easier to notice the dodgy emails.

Stay Safe When Using Social Media

Scams, phishing, catfishing and all other kinds of bizarre online attacks are becoming increasingly popular on social media. Cyber criminals will use compelling and well-crafted posts to entice you, such as free entry to a competition or prize collection links. The internet does not have any genuine freebies, so anything that looks too good to be true is almost defiantly that. Do not click anything like this as you will end up posting the same malicious scripts onto the timelines of others.

Use a Password Only You Can Possibly Know

The strength of your password is absolutely essential. They are your primary defensive shield against anyone looking to access your private data. You should avoid using popular names of family members, pets or maiden names as they can all be quite easily guessed. You need to use a mixture of complex characters, at least 8 characters per password, so that the chances of anyone guessing your password are minimal. You should also avoid using the same password across numerous accounts, as straightforward as this may be. You wouldnât want all your accounts compromised if a hacker managed to guess your password.

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