Staying Safe Online

Staying safe online is important for people who use email, social media, pay their bills and buy things on the Internet. Here are some tips to reduce your risk in the online world.

  • Create strong passwords and never share them. Use a mix of upper and lower case letters, numbers and symbols that make them harder to guess.
  • Make sure your computers, tablets and smartphones have the most up-to-date software installed. This reduces exposure to malicious software (malware).
  • Never click links in emails from people you don’t know. Hackers might be trying to access your information via malicious links. Watch your email ‘Spam’ or ‘Trash’ folder and clean them out on a regular basis.
  • Don’t use a USB thumb drive from someone you don’t know. Malicious software can transfer from these pluggable devices. These can infect your computer without you knowing.
  • Be careful about announcing you are away on social media. Posting holiday snaps is fun but you can’t control who sees them when things get shared. Tell your neighbours about your travel plans and ask them to watch for suspicious activity while you are away.

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