Having a basic knowledge of online safety, so that you can continue to use the internet without concerns, and safeguard yourself, your family, your workplace and your online devices, is important. There are lots of little things you can do to stay safe online:
We asked Get Safe Online, the UK's leading source of online safety information, to provide their most important tips for keeping safe online:
Choose, use and protect your passwords carefully, and use a different one for every account.
Ensure you always have internet security software updated and switched on. This includes on your smartphones and tablets as they are also vulnerable.
Personal information and social media
Never reveal too much personal or financial information in social networking posts/profiles; you never know who might see it, or use it.
Watch out for scams
Be on your guard against 'social engineering' scams, which include fraudulent emails, phone calls or texts designed to manipulate you into revealing your confidential banking details.
Watch what you click
Don't click on links or open attachments in emails if the source isn't 100% known and trustworthy. Similarly, don't click on links in texts, WhatsApp messages or social networks if you're not certain of the sender and that they're genuine.
Is your payment secure?
Ensure payment pages are secure before you enter your card details. You can tell if this is the case if the address starts with 'https://' (the 's' stands for secure) and there's a locked padlock in the address window.
UK Safer Internet Centre
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