We take your data seriously, and we're sure that you do too, but here are some tips that you can employ to enhance your personal data security.
- Enable private browsing within your web browser. This allows you to browse the internet without leaving behind a trail of history, passwords, cookies, and other assorted bits of data.
- Look for the padlock icon and the https:// element at the start of the URL when browsing and shopping online. This indicates that the website is secure and takes measures to encrypt your personal data.
- Don’t click links carelessly and be aware of revealing personal information to claim ‘free’ offers or to enter quizzes.
- Turn on automatic updates to keep any software up to date with the latest security patches.
- Use a firewall and other security measures such as anti-virus protection across all of your devices.
- Be creative and use complex passwords and change them immediately if you suspect your security has been compromised.
- Make yourself aware of the latest online scams.
- Use a secure web browser such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Microsoft Edge.
- Consider turning off features such as ‘autofill’ for forms and web pages. An alternative is to use a secure password management tools are available.
- Turn off ‘cookies’ to improve privacy but be aware that this can have a dramatic impact on the quality and functionality of many websites.
- Use a VPN or Virtual Private Network to encrypt your connection to the internet as well as masking your location. This can have a big impact on your ability to use some websites such as online banking.
- Do not use unsecured WI-FI networks which are commonly found in hotels, airports and restaurants.
- Only download software from trusted sources.
- Turn on two-step authentication whenever possible, websites like Google and Facebook now offer this safety net for your accounts with them.