Protect yourself online
There are a number of steps you can take to protect yourself online:
- Passwords: To keep your passwords safe consider using a password manager, such as Dashlane, LastPass, KeePass or RoboForm.
- Suspicious contact: Don’t open suspicious texts, popup windows or emails and don’t click on links or open attachments. If in doubt, always delete the email or text. Be aware that scammers can use all forms of communication. Apart from email, you can also be contacted via telephone, letter, social media or text message. If you’re unsure whether a call or email is genuine, verify the identity of the contact through an independent source such as a phone directory or website.
- Back it up: Remember to use a portable hard drive, USB or cloud service to back up your documents and photos on your computer or phone on a regular basis. By backing up you can easily recover all your computer files should you become a victim of cybercrime. Also, make sure you disconnect your backup from your computer because any backups connected to your computer could also be rendered unusable.
- Antivirus: Ensure you run antivirus software with the latest antivirus signatures to scan for malicious code.