Online Safety Advice

Mobile security

Make sure that you have security software installed on your smartphone to protect your data. There are a variety of mobile security apps available, so it is worth doing some research and visiting your device's app store to browse the best security apps.

It is also important to ensure that only you can access your phone. Secure it with your fingerprint or a pin code that only you know.

Keeping your software up-to-date

Whether using a computer or mobile phone, you should regularly check for software updates and install them. These updates often include improvements to security, which keep your device and your information safe. This is also the case for your web browser, anti-virus software and ad-blockers - make sure they are kept up-to-date with the latest security improvements.

Keeping your data private

Social media, forums and comments sections give you the opportunity to connect with people from across the world. However, anything you post online could be seen by anyone - even in places you may think are private to you and people you trust. Avoid posting any information that you would not show to a stranger - especially your bank details, personal information (such as your date of birth and address), or anything that might be an answer to one of your security questions.

Using strong passwords

Make sure your passwords are strong and unique - avoid using the same password for multiple websites. One easy way to create a strong password is to use a short sentence that means something to you, complete with capital letters and punctuation.

Never include personal information that could be easily found out by a stranger. This includes your name, date of birth, pet names or favourite teams.

And of course, never tell anyone your passwords. Even if you trust them completely, they could make a mistake that exposes your password.

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