It’s one thing when a mate steals a sneaky chip off your plate when you’re not looking (although that is super annoying); but when someone you’ve never met nicks your data, it really is something else. That’s why it pays to take precautions.

There’s tons of stuff we can all do in our day-to-day digital lives that’ll make our personal data safer. Follow these 7 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 (we would say that, but seriously)…  

Make your passwords stronger

You wouldn’t leave your front door open, would you? Create a complex password with 8 characters or more for your Just Eat account with a combination of characters, letters and numbers. Having separate passwords for all your critical accounts is one of the best ways to keep your personal and financial information safe.

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.

 

Use a reputable software security package

Included in many good software packages will be a firewall and an anti-virus software. A firewall is an electronic barrier that blocks unauthorised access to your computers and devices. Using a firewall ensures that all of the devices connected to your network are secured. Make sure all products are up to date.

 

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.

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