Keep it long and strong!

You’ve probably heard it all before – but take a minute to scan what follows…it could help prevent tears before bedtime.

Some top tips from the Stay Safe Online web pages include: –

Protect Your Personal Information

  • Keep it long and strong – passwords should use a mixture of upper and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols.
  • Unique account, unique password – don’t use the same password for everything
  • Write it down and keep it safe. Keep a list of your passwords and keep secure away from your computer.
  • You don’t need to share everything – if there’s the option set security settings on websites to share just what you are comfortable with

Connect With Care

  • Take care when using Wi-Fi hotspots – adjust the security settings on your device to limit who can access your machine.
  • Protect your ££s: When banking and shopping look for web addresses with https:// or shttp://. Http:// isn’t secure.

Be Web Wise

  • Think before you act: Be wary of communications that implores you to act immediately, offers something that sounds too good to be true, or asks for personal information.
  • Back it up: Protect your valuable work, music, photos, and other digital information by making an electronic copy and storing it safely.

More info

October is Cyber Security Month across the globe (it started in the US – but it’s not really something that has geographic borders) – get more info at: –

https://www.staysafeonline.org/

http://www.stopthinkconnect.org/

The UK has it’s own Get Safe Online week (this year from 19th – 25th October).  See https://www.getsafeonline.org/blog/ for details.

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