Staying safe online
Many of you will use the internet as part of your daily lives, for university study, shopping, socialising, entertainment and banking. By following this advice you can help protect your personal data and keep yourself safe online.
- Think before you click a link in an email. Do you know and trust the sender? Fake ‘phishing’ emails can be very convincing.
- Never give your PIN or passwords over the phone - your bank or the police would never ask for these.
- Use strong passwords and change them regularly.
- Don’t leave personal details lying around and shred personal correspondence before disposing.
- Install anti-virus and anti-spyware software on all devices and keep it updated.
- Back up any important data as this will stop any loss of files if your device breaks, gets lost/stolen or is infected by malware.
- Don’t assume public Wi-Fi hotspots are secure – never use them to do anything confidential like using your email or making a payment. Where possible use your mobile network internet which will have built-in security.
- Check your privacy settings. It’s up to you who sees your photos, updates and profile information - be aware of your digital footprint and what information is available about you
- Be careful what you post online - ‘checking in’ at places online can alert burglars to the fact you are not at home, and posting images of new and expensive items can also be risky.
- Think before you add friends or contacts: Do you know them? Do you want to give them access to your photos etc?
- Avoid sharing personal information in public, like your phone number or address.
- Think before you join in a meme, e.g. ‘your celebrity name is your first pet’s name and your mother’s maiden name’: these are often your bank security questions too.
- Only shop from secure websites - these will show a locked padlock or unbroken key in your browser, and the URL will begin with https://.
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