In today’s electronic world, more and more of what we do, say, and think is moving online. From social media to e-mails and blogs, there has never been more information about us online – and whilst this may have its advantages, it also means that we are more prone than ever before to attacks by hackers and cyber-criminals.
Not staying safe online can lead to your information being hacked and stolen, which can cause lasting damage. However, it’s not just about data and information – viruses and malware can also harm the integrity of your computer, causing the need for possibly expensive computer repairs or even buying a replacement machine. So, with that in mind, here’s two simple tips that you can follow to ensure that you stay safe online.
1. Use Strong Passwords
Lots of people think that they can just use the same password for every account or website, including those with sensitive or personal information like bank accounts or e-mails. However, in order to ensure that you stay safe online, you need to make sure that all of your passwords are unique, and not only that, but also that they are as strong as they can possibly be. This means using a mix of upper and lower case letters, and numbers. In addition, make sure that none of the information used in the password is related to the account that you’re securing, and doesn’t include anything obvious, like dates of birth, addresses, names, or telephone numbers.
2. Beware of Phishing Scams
One of the main ways that people fall victim to cybercrime is through phishing scams. This is where a cyber-criminal will contact you by e-mail pretending to be your bank, doctor, friend, or any other person or institution that usually has access to your personal data. They will then ask you to provide them with information, which they can use for their financial gain. In order to prevent this happening to you, you need to be vigilant when giving out information in e-mails, and make sure that you have a rigorous spam filter in place for your e-mail account.