When was the last time you backed up your online information, reviewed your passwords, or checked your internet security? Today is Get Safe Online Day and people are being encouraged to think about their own online security. Get Safe Online gives factual and easy-to-understand information on being safe online. They are trying to raise awareness of the dangers of online crime including fraud and identity theft. They have lots of tips and advice on being safe while you are on the internet with easy to follow steps including:
- Review the passwords you use on your online accounts. Make sure they are strong enough and that you are not using the same ones for more than one account.
- Check your social media privacy settings. Make sure your information and updates are seen only by those you trust.
- Update your operating system and software programs/apps on your computer, mobile phone and tablet if you have been prompted to do so. It takes only a few minutes and with your mobile devices, you can even do it while you are asleep.
- Back up your information – using reputable, secure cloud backup is a good way to save all your documents, photos, music, emails and other irreplaceable files.
- Check that your internet security software and apps are up to date and switched on.
- If you have children, think about whether you’re doing enough to help ensure that they staying safe online.
You can see more advice on their website, Get Safe Online.