Many of you may have already been a victim of an internet scam.
Research has shown that 42% of Britians have been targeted in fraud over the lockdown period. (Source – tsb.co.uk) This is due to the high number of online sales taking place.
With many users accessing the internet through their mobile phones, the risk is increasing.
Apps are becoming increasingly popular and we use them daily, but it does not mean that the basic safety rules do not apply.
Hackers are always on the lookout to steal personal information to access your bank information and bank cards.
To ensure you stay safe online, here are our top tips.
1. Keep Personal and Professional Information to a minimum.
Only give out information that people need from you. Many websites require basic data to fulfil a request like when purchasing a product, but others may see it as a marketing opportunity. If you don’t need to give out your home address, telephone number & shoe size then simply don’t.
2. Keep Your Privacy Settings Active.
Mobile operating systems and website browsers have settings to help secure and protect your privacy when online. You can control your own privacy settings depending on what browsers you’re using. Certain websites will look to collect information to help them improve security, services and ads.
3. Safe Browsing is Key.
When it comes to search content, we’re all drawn to many dubious subjects on the internet. Cybercriminals have that in mind where one careless click could give you more than you bargained for.
Resist the urge to click on uncertain emails, pop-ups and sites that are not secure.
4. Secure your internet by using a secure VPN connection.
It’s easy to get Wi-Fi access in public places You can find them in cafes, restaurants, cinemas and even supermarkets.
Sometimes you can be more concerned about your emails, notifications or purchasing a product you have saved in your basket, but what you should be thinking of is your security.
When connected to the public Wi-Fi, be mindful of what details you’re giving out. Maybe wait for another time to join a Wi-Fi connection that you know is secure and safe to use.
Improve your internet browsing safety with a VPN (a virtual private network), helping you to have a more secure connection between your devices and an internet server.
5. Choose Strong Passwords
Having strong passwords is vital to have a secure internet security structure.
The problem is that most people often choose simple passwords for them to remember. Usually date of birth or pet name.
Be smart and select tougher passwords. If you often forget what you picked, there are plenty of password tools which can help store these.
Choose a unique and complex password with special characters and numbers.
6. Make Sure you Purchase From Secure Sites.
Look out for websites starting using Https, rather than just Http: That s stands for secure and looks to keep your details private.
If you’re planning to purchase from an unsecured site, maybe have a rethink and don’t leave your confidential information to chance.
7. Update your Antivirus Program.
Internet security software helps detect and remove viruses from the websites, downloads or emails. It can only function properly when it is up to date.
Even though the antivirus cannot protect against all threats, it is still a vital layer of security.
Keep these internet safety top tips in mind to avoid any nasty surprises during the lockdown and in the future.