Well hello everyone!
Its been a while since I set up this page with the intention of posting shortly after but like us all I am human and have to deal with situation in life that come up. But I’m now back!
lets get started
lets talk about internet security, now we hear about it for keeping our kids safe all the time but what about ourselves?
How many of you have passwords saved in your google browser? I can bet almost all of you do, but this is a bad idea and let me tell you why.
HACKERS LOVE YOU COS YOU MAKE IT EASY FOR THEM!
THEY GET INTO ONE ACCOUNT AND THE REST ARE EASY!
Like myself, you’ve probably click on the little button which asks to save your password for ease of access and the button to remember your username it usually ticked for you, like this one. After all its a pain to remember all the passwords and usernames for different sites, right?
How many of you have passwords made up of words, names (people and pets are common), memorable dates such as birthdays? or even worse use the same password for all your sites?
I can bet most of you do.
“but I have antivirus software” I hear you say
The thing is hackers aren’t always trying to install a virus onto your computer, what they are after is your details like you name, email address, personal address and even your bank\paypal details.
I’m not trying to scare you- I’m here to help you protect yourself
Here’s my top 10 to staying safe online:
- Keep social media private (friends only) – this would be their first look into your life and could enable them to give a educated guess to what your passwords might be. favourite items, birthdays ect.
- Don’t add people to your friends list that you don’t know – this give potential hacker greater insight into your life and your favourite people & things aka potential passwords
- Don’t use the same password for all your sites– Yes, it maybe easier for you to remember but it also opens up all your accounts once 1 has been successfully accessed
- Create stronger passwords – use a combination of UPPER CASE, lower case, numbers and symbols or special characters >£^ etc. – this make its much harder to guess and for password breakers to get.
- Don’t save usernames and passwords into your browser – all browsers that save passwords and usernames keep an entire list within the settings (autosaved/autofilled) enabling a hacker to free roam.
- Turn on 2 step verifications – this is available within your security settings and will require you to enter a single use code sent my SMS to your phone to gain access to your account.
- Do not open emails from unknown senders – these emails can contain embedded codes that secretly installs spyware onto your computer, your current Anti Virus/Spyware will only pick it up if it knows the program. DO NOT click on links in these and check the email addresses these came from. Paypal is a popular one used for scams
- Keep your location turned off on your browser and your phone – only turn this on is you are using the GPS and switch off after journey completed.
- Review your activity and device log regularly– check what devices have access your account if you notice anything suspicious secure all your accounts with new passwords
- Protect your details – be careful who you give you personal details out to and review your accounts and history regularly for any suspicious occurrences.
you can enjoy yourself online, just take the necessary steps to protect yourself, our whole lives are online these days, laptops, tablets, phones even our TV’s.
Get yourself internet savvy after all you would give your personal details or your house keys to a stranger now would you?
Stay safe and I hope this helps you Stay safe and protect yourself and loved ones online.
Catch y’all Later
p.s. there are link throughout this page connecting you to Which? privacy and security page to help you through setting up some of the above if you don’t know how…there also lots of other helpful information on there too. just click on any “protect yourself” here or above and it will open up in another window for you.