Protect your Data

Quick Guide to Internet Security

Password Security

Passwords and Usernames are keys to your data. Do not use obvious passwords like your name, password, 123456, etc. Make a complex password. Use characters, numbers and CAPS. Change it if you think anyone has had access to it. Memorise it or use a password management program.

Prevent identity theft

Do not give out any personal info to forms on websites you are not sure of. Be wary of websites attached to emails from people you dont know.

  • Usernames
  • Passwords
  • National Insurance numbers
  • Bank account numbers
  • PINs (Personal Identification Numbers)
  • Full credit card numbers
  • Your mother’s maiden name
  • Your birthday

Avoid scams

If its too good to be true it probably isn’t. Check the reputation of online sellers you want to buy from. If a site feels funny to you then its best avoided.

Device Security

Make sure you keep your operating system and software are up to date by making sure the updates are installed as soon as they are ready. Keep an eye on downloaded software and that it is from a trustworthy source. Keep your Antivirus software up to date and scan your device regularly for infections and malware.

Signing in and signing out

Don’t forget to sign out of websites you are signed into when you have finished doing what you are doing.

Lock your screen or device

When away from your device make sure it has an auto lock that closes the device until you enter the password.

Report abuse and illegal activity

Help yourself and others by reporting scams and bad software to online forums and relevant government bodies.

Use secure networks

The most important thing for online privacy is to counteract criminal and  government surveillance systems watching your IP address and the network you are connected to. Use VPN’s and Tor to encrypt your data and hide your IP address.

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This is computer and online security in a nutshell. More detailed information is easily available online and we will put a series of links here for you to study further.

http://www.google.co.uk/goodtoknow/online-safety/  Good guide with a bias towards Google products.

http://www.getsafeonline.org/  UK Government site that has a lot of good advice but ignores the problem of Government Surveillance.