Security Tips

 

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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Don’t click links carelessly and be aware of revealing personal information to claim ‘free’ offers or to enter quizzes.

  4. Turn on automatic updates to keep any software up to date with the latest security patches.

  5. Use a firewall and other security measures such as anti-virus protection across all of your devices.

  6. Be creative and use complex passwords and change them immediately if you suspect your security has been compromised.

  7. Make yourself aware of the latest online scams.

  8. Use a secure web browser such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Microsoft Edge.

  9. Consider turning off features such as ‘autofill’ for forms and web pages. An alternative is to use a secure password management tools are available.

  10. Turn off ‘cookies’ to improve privacy but be aware that this can have a dramatic impact on the quality and functionality of many websites.

  11. 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.

  12. Do not use unsecured WI-FI networks which are commonly found in hotels, airports and restaurants.

  13. Only download software from trusted sources.

  14. Turn on two-step authentication whenever possible, websites like Google and Facebook now offer this safety net for your accounts with them.

 

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