We spend more time than ever online so it’s important to be sure that your details are safe. Whether you’re concerned about your own online safety or that of family members, it’s wise to take all the precautions necessary to protect yourself.

So, what can you do to keep precious information away from would-be thieves?

Take a look at some of the best cybersecurity tips for awareness and safety.

1. Know You’re a Target

Many people make the assumption that they’ll be safe online, no matter what. The sad truth is cyber hackers target people every day. You are not exempt from an attack on your cyber activity.

The amount of information that people keep on their computers could be hugely valuable to any cyber criminal. For instance, your bank details, your address or quick access to any online accounts. Keep them safe.

2. Don’t Do It Later

How many times have you ignored your computer’s prompts to update your software and security? When you’re busy working (or playing) online, the last thing you want to do is stop for an update.

However, these updates are vital for keeping your computer secure. Switch your computer software to automatic updates and regularly check to see if you need any security updates installed.

3. Get Password Creative

Are you one of those people who has the same password for everything because it’s easier to remember? It may be easier to remember but it’s also easier for hackers to access every account you’ve ever owned.

Use a variety of passwords for your different accounts and make them difficult to guess. Long passwords that include capital letters, numbers and characters will be far more difficult for any cyber thief to crack.

The biggest reason cyber hackers have so much success is because of human error. There’s no bigger error than making your password easy to guess and using it regularly. You can read more now about human error in cybersecurity.

4. Be Aware of Phishing

Phishing scams are often carried out by cyber thieves in the hope that you’ll willingly part with personal details. You may receive a phone call, text or email asking you to give out details like credit card numbers or passwords.

These emails can look official and hackers are becoming much better at fooling people. However, you’ll never be asked to give your secure details over the phone, by email or text.

If you’re unsure whether an email is genuine, contact the sender using an official phone number. For example, if you want to know whether your bank actually contacted you, Google your bank’s customer service line and ask a genuine representative.

5. Be Wary of What You Click

Scammers will try any means to get the details they want. If you’re suspicious of a link, don’t click on it. You’re likely to receive emails or social media messages with links attached.

These links are a quick way for cyber hackers to gain access to your computer and steal precious data. If a link appears in an email and it’s unexpected (even if it’s from a trusted sender) it’s best to query the link before clicking on it.

6. Keep Your Devices Safe

Whether it’s your desktop computer, laptop, tablet or phone, each one holds information that you don’t want anyone else getting hold of. If you need to leave your desktop for an extended period of time, it’s best to power down the computer so no-one else can access it.

If you need to leave your devices, such as your phone or tablet, they should be switched off and locked away for security. Similarly, if you have a flash drive where you keep sensitive information, it should also be locked away.

When you’re traveling with your devices, never keep them in your pocket. Pickpocketers know how to slip a phone out of a pocket easily. Keep in a zip-locked bag and keep the bag close to you at all times.

7. Remove No Longer Needed Data

Just like our homes, our computers and devices need a bit of a spring clean every now and again. When you leave it for too long, there’s tons of information that you may not need again that could easily be removed.

Keeping your secure data to a minimum will ensure that hackers have less of a chance to infiltrate your security. You may want to remove files, photos, saved websites or more from your computer.

8. Cell Phone Security

Your cell phone security is more important than ever. You probably use it for everything from keeping in touch with friends and family to shopping and banking. There is a tremendous amount of detail on your cell phone.

Always keep your cell phone locked with a password or code when it’s not in use. Ensure that your data is backed up in the event of ever losing your phone. Never download an app that you’re unsure of.

If you’re able to, install data encryption or ask someone to install it for you. This will ensure it’s more difficult for your data to be hacked and stolen.

Cybersecurity Tips That Keep You Safe

Cybersecurity tips are one of the best ways to keep yourself and your loved ones safe. If you have children using devices, you can set up parental controls that give you the final say on whether apps are downloaded and more.

Take a look at the rest of our blog to learn tips to keep you safe!

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