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8 Online Security Tips

Your personal information is more exposed than ever before. Being secure online has become vital. Below is a list of eight tips that will aid you in preventing the headache caused by falling victim to cyber crime.

Strong Password


Your password should never be less than 10 digits long. Try not make it related to anything personal. This means no birthdays, initials or pet names at all. If you can’t think of a password that is 10 digits or more, give a password generator a try here

You shouldn’t use the same password twice either. This poses another challenge ‘How do I remember all these passwords?’ A password manager is a great way to sort this issue out. Give LastPass a try as it syncs across all devices and encrypts all your passwords, so all your passwords are safe and in one place.

Personal questions

When it comes to your personal questions don’t use obvious answers that anybody can figure out by doing a Google search on your name. When providing answers to these personal questions, choose something out of the ordinary (that you’ll remember).



Two Factor authentication

This is a method of confirming your identity through using your password and an additional authentication step. Think about when your bank sends you a One-Time-Pin.

You won’t always find this feature when looking to secure your information, but if you do come across it, it is highly recommended that you enable it for that peace of mind.

Wi-Fi Password

Your Wi-Fi is an access portal to all your home devices and computers. It’s important that you make sure that it is strong enough so that nobody can gain access to your information.



Log out of Free Wi-Fi accounts

Forgetting to log out of free Wi-Fi hot spots is common and it causes many people to fall victim to identity fraud. Always make sure that once you are done that you log out.

Don’t click on dodgy links

Possibly, the most common way to get your personal information compromised. We all get spam and it is not obvious when it is malicious content. Hackers have become more determined to gain access to our information. There are cases where it has become hard to differentiate between what is spam and what isn’t.

Here’s a tip for when you come across a mail that seems a little odd. If there isn’t anything that has a personal link to you, it is best to ignore and move on.



Browsing

If you are going to log into a personal account of any kind, whether it be on Facebook, online banking or your email. Make sure you use your personal device. Try and avoid using anybody else’s, especially not a public computer or device.

Back it up

Always backup your information! Ransomware is real, and it affects hundreds of people every day. This is something you really don’t want to have on your shoulders as it can end up costing you a lot of money, with zero guarantee that you will get your information back. There are a few cloud services you can use that simplifies this for you to a point, where it doesn’t even cross your mind.

With the above tips, you’ll be able to make your whole online experience a pleasure, rather than a security risk in the making.


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