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Follow these 8 steps for online security and happiness

April 30th, 2018

Written by Katy Winship

1. Don’t share photos of your credit card details

Don’t share photos of your credit card details on social channels, because hackers can find different ways to get access to your financial accounts- if you've taken pictures of the front and back they'll be able to forge your signature too.

2. Don’t reveal your passwords to other people

...Especially not your email password. Not even to your best friend or family members! That password is the key to accessing all your sensitive data stored on email or other online accounts. If they have your email password they can reset other passwords. Be wary of everyone- you never know, but an insider threat could be sat right next to you and steal your data and perhaps your money.

3. Mix up your passwords

We highly recommend changing your passwords regularly and set strong and unique passwords for your online accounts. Use a mixture of symbols, letters and numbers i.e. you could use BlogWrit3r!042018 and if you want to change regularly you could change the date part.

4. Do not share too much personal information online

Oversharing personal details means exposing yourself to identity theft and imposter scams. For security reasons, it is better not to give full information such as your D.OB, address, the city of birth, phone number, or other sensitive and personal details.

5. Do not share your location

You may not realise it, but each time you check-in at home, in the airport, restaurant or any other public place, you become an easy target for malicious hackers. Who knows when you might get a visit from potential thieves? Once you expose your current location, attackers will know you’re on your holidays and (most likely) rob you. For security and privacy matters, do not share your current location and provide as little information as possible about it while on the go.

6. Reject strangers

Don’t accept random friend requests on Facebook from people you don’t know. You may be targeted by online scammers who want to collect data about users by creating fake profiles. If one of your unknown friends sends you a suspicious link make sure you don’t click it, even out of curiosity, because it may redirect you to a malicious site and infect your PC with malware.

7. Don't click suspicious links

Most of the spam campaigns usually take place via email, so we strongly advise you not to click or download any file or document attached that looks suspicious to you.

8. Don’t post anything too personal.

Social media is a great place to communicate and work with others, but remember that all the messages you post on FB or other social media channels will stay there forever. Always check your privacy and security settings for every social media platform you use and think twice before choosing how much data you want to make publicly accessible or keep it private.

When you browse the Internet and search for something specific, you are not completely safe and you can infect your PC with malware or other online threats. Every browser has vulnerabilities that need to be fixed, so it is important to keep your browser up to date all the time. We can help you with your IT security and provide a solution to ensure your company details don't get in the wrong hands. Get in touch today!