Staying Safe Online

*This is a collaborative post*

Nowadays, we’re spending increasing amounts of time online. Increased availability of affordable technology means that most of us now have a smartphone, a tablet, a laptop, a computer, or a combination of these items. We spend time online for a whole host of reasons. We work online. We socialise online. We show off our lives online. We catch the news online. We read books online. We watch tv shows and films online. Chances are you’re behind your screen for a fair few hours everyday. But when we are more open online, we also face more threats and it’s so important that you do your utmost to keep yourself safe when you spend any time on the web.

One thing you can do to keep safe online is to be wary of how much personal information you share. The more you openly share, the more complete strangers get to know about you. You could let strangers know where you work, where you live, where you study and so much more. This puts you in personal danger. You could also accidentally upload pictures containing pictures of your bank cards or credit cards and put yourself at risk of people hacking into your accounts. You should also be wary about sharing personal information because it could give people a clue to your passwords, allowing them to steal your identity online.

The infographic below will give you a deeper look into cybersecurity and more tips and tricks on how to protect yourself online!

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The internet is a hugely vast, sometimes scary place and there a few different ways that I try to stay safe whilst using the interweb. Firstly, I use different security packs for my blog, internet browsing and on my laptop too. This protects against any vicious malware, helps to keep my laptop and my sites healthy, and running smoothly plus it gives me peace of mind; knowing that it’s backed up and in safe hands so to speak.

Secondly, I have two factor authentication installed where and when I can. For example on Instagram, I know my sister and a few other people who’ve had previous accounts hacked and compromised so they can’t access them again simply because of a vicious bot attack gaining access to their account, email address and password, changing their information so they can’t get back into it. This really freaks me out as I practically live my life vicariously through my Insta grid. It’s got so many memories of things I’ve did, done and seen and many of which I don’t have those pictures backed up anywhere else. If one day I lost my Instagram (yes I know, worse things could happen!) but I’d be gutted all of these lovely things I’ve done and like to look back on would just disappear in a flash.

If you are using a computer or a public wifi always remember to log out. Sounds super simple, if not patronising, but it’s easy to just do what you’re doing and completely forget to completely log out of your site.

Try to make your passwords as unique as you can. Commonly used passwords or your name/date of birth could be something that is very easily guessed!

If you get anything suspicious in your emails, messages, phone calls etc always double check with a real life human being if you can before taking further action! If for instance you get a phone call/email from your bank and it seems a bit fishy before you do anything hasty; suggest phoning them back and checking with your local team beforehand. Similarly, if you get any emails that don’t seem quite right, don’t rush into opening any links or responding. Always double check and if it does turn out to be legitimate at least you’re on the safe side!

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