Protecting yourself isn’t always about your physical safety and security. Nowadays there is an increase in the risk to your online safety. We often don’t think about the threat that being online can pose. We’re on our own mobile devices or laptops and computers so what’s the big deal? Here’s the thing; the internet is open to everyone, and everything you put out there is accessible by anyone. Meaning that it is imperative that you are more aware of your online presence and various safety precautions.

What are you doing to ensure you’re 100% protected while online? 

Most of us aren’t able to confidently answer that. But we’re here to tell you exactly what you should be doing to optimise your online safety. 

Why you should take online safety seriously

The worldwide web is a vast and sometimes scary place. There is so much going on in the online world that we don’t even know about. Many people use the internet to prey on unsuspecting victims for various heinous crimes. These include:

  • Cyberbullying
  • Phishing
  • Scams 
  • Stealing of personal information
  • Impersonations 
  • Viruses, among other threats. 

This doesn’t even cover the risk poor online security has on businesses. 

Ask yourself

  1. Do I know all of the people on my social media friend’s list? 
  2. Are my social media accounts set to private? Have I checked if the privacy settings have been changed/updated?
  3. Who can see my content or my online activity? 
  4. Am I giving away private information, like my home address, the name of my child’s school or even my current location? 
  5. Have I revealed that I’m currently on holiday, letting potential criminals know that my house is vacant? 
  6. Have I clicked on any unsecured links that will hack my various online accounts or steal my private information? 
  7. Did I shared my account passwords with anyone? 

How to stay safe online

It’s time you take your cybersecurity seriously. Here are our top tips on how to stay safe online. 

Cybersecurity is a moving target.

Cybercriminals are constantly coming up with new tricks to threaten your online security, so you need to be conscientious about what you’re downloading and keep up to date with the latest security updates. Make sure you keep a watchful eye on the news for any new online threats.

Has someone gone phishing?

Phishing is a term used to describe an individual or group of individuals who scam users. They do so by sending emails or creating web pages that are designed to collect your online banking, credit card, or other login information. 

You may be sophisticated enough to know not to click on a URL that’s supposedly from your bank or a friend, but does everyone in your household? Make sure your family members are aware of phishing and warn them not to click on URLs from an email or social network message. 

It is also advisable to get a security program that recognises and blocks potentially unsafe URLs.

Beware of scams

There are various ways to trick you into entering your personal information. Even some so-called “legitimate” businesses can trick you into signing up for recurring annual payments without you even realising it. 

Use a password management system

Passwords are your primary defence against hackers and it’s no secret that it’s often a flimsy one; Kitty123 just isn’t going to cut it. Bolster your defence with a password management program, this way a more secure password is generated for you and best of all, you only need to remember one password.

Keep social networks secure

There’s a good chance that at least one person in your house is on a social network. Unfortunately, social media networks have become a haven for cybercriminals. 

Keep a close eye on your social media accounts. If someone messages you who hasn’t done so in a while, then it might be suspicious, especially if they are sending you random links or asking personal questions.

Educate kids about online safety

When it comes to cybersecurity, kids are often the weakest link. Get security software that keeps your children from clicking on the wrong links and visiting the wrong sites. Teach kids about suspicious activity online and encourage them to ask for help if something seems suspicious.

What about your mobile devices?

Your phone and tablet need as much security protection as your PC. Make sure you’ve got a full security solution that covers your mobile devices as well. Put a passcode on your tablets and phones too.

Watch out for online shopping

Many online shopping sites are fake. Many have fallen victim to the stunning items that are being sold online for cheap prices but often these sites are used to scam you into divulging your personal details so they can drain your bank account. Make sure you’re only purchasing from reputable sites. 

When in doubt, call support

The best security software programs offer support 24/7. If you ever have any suspicions you’ve been hacked, call for help. 

It might seem tedious but your online safety matters and by being more wary of it, you’ll suffer less in the future. If you have any questions about online safety or data protection, feel free to contact us.