NewsPosted on 01.01.2019

7 Simple Ways You Can Get Data Safe

Food is made for sharing. Your precious data isn’t. 

It’s one thing when a mate steals a sneaky chip off your plate when you’re not looking. But it’s quite another when someone you don’t even know has it away with your personal information that’s stored online.  

That’s why it pays to take precautions. Whilst we take every care to ensure that your information is stored safely, you need to do your bit too. We know you’ve probably heard it all before, but it’s worth saying again. Follow some simple steps and you’ll greatly reduce the risks of cyber crime whenever, and wherever, you’re shopping, banking or just browsing online.

Every one of them is worth taking today.  

Make your passwords stronger

You wouldn’t leave your front door open, would you? So create a strong and complex password for your Just Eat account. Having separate passwords for all your critical accounts is one of the best ways to keep your personal and financial information safe. 

Secure your internet connection

Take care when using free, public Wi-Fi. It’s often unsecured. Consider investing in a VPN (Virtual Private Network). A VPN is a piece of software that creates a secure connection over the internet, so you can safely connect from anywhere.

Use a firewall

A firewall is an electronic barrier that blocks unauthorised access to your computers and devices, and is often included with good security software packages. Using a firewall ensures that all of the devices connected to your network are secured. 

Keep all your devices and software up to date

Keep all your software updated so that you have the latest security patches installed. Turn on automatic updates so you don’t have to think about it, and make sure that your security software is set to run regular scans.

Be careful what you click on

Many of today’s online threats are based on ‘phishing’. Always be wary of offers that sound too good to be true, or ask for too much information.

Protect your phone

Our mobile phones and devices are just as vulnerable as our laptops and PCs. In fact, mobile devices face new threats, such as risky apps and links sent by text message. Don’t open messages from strangers. And only download apps from official app stores. 

Practice safe surfing & shopping

When shopping online, or visiting websites for online banking or other sensitive transactions, always make sure that the site’s address starts with “https”, instead of just “http”. Look for a padlock icon in the URL field. This indicates that the website is secure. 

Like more information and advice?

https://www.cyberaware.gov.uk/sites/cyberstreetwise/files/thecyberawareperceptionsgapreport.pdf
https://www.cyberaware.gov.uk/