7 tips to staying safe online
The online world can be a murky one and in the digital age it is important to know how to keep your data safe. With hackers finding increasingly innovative ways to harvest your information vigilance is key. PrivacyDefence is a brand new service that monitors the dark web and social media to make sure that the only person in control of your data is you.
Follow these simple tips for being more secure in your online life:
1. Install antivirus.
Install it, keep it updated and run regular full computer scans. They can run in the background but will protect against all kinds of malicious software from Ransomware through to and Trojan horse programs.
When buying online if you stick to https sites, you will be going a long way to making your data safer. Secure websites are preceded by “https” and there is a small lock icon next to the URL.
3. Update passwords regularly and keep them unique
Passwords are a favourite target point for hackers. To stay safe use unique passwords for all accounts and update them at least every 60 days.
4. Monitor your accounts and statements
Credit card fraud is like a disease – the longer it goes untreated, the more damage it will cause. Check your bank statements weekly to catch payment fraud early.
5. Clear your cache
Another one that can be a pain, but never underestimate how much your browser’s cache knows about you.
6. Get a Virtual Private Network (VPN) and use it
A VPN can be easily purchased and set up and means that wherever you go and connect to Wi-Fi, your data and IP address is hidden so that nobody can snoop on your data.
7. Use touch ID and passcodes
Smartphones are a hive of personal data, but by having passcode in place and using Touch ID you can make sure you’re secure.