How we can keep safe in an online world
With more and more of our transactions at work and home taking place online it is more important than ever that we take care to protect ourselves from a malicious online attack. October is Cyber Security Month and over the course of the month we will be providing information about how to keep your family and personal devices.
So what can we all do?
We can keep our passwords safe.
Passwords are like underwear – never reuse, never share and never leave them on your desk.
We can be strong.
Make sure your password is as strong as possible. Include numbers, capital letters in the middle not just at the beginning, use allowed punctuation, try not to make it a word that could be associated with you such as a pet’s name or favourite holiday destination.
We can be more suspicious.
Does an email look right? Is the email address it has been sent from look odd? Has the email been sent to lots of people? Is the message short and encourages you to open an attachment? Be suspicious. Do not open it.
We can lock our computers.
Making a cup of tea? Good idea! But wait – lock your screen first. Windows key and L is the quickest way to do this.
We can find out more.
If you are interested in finding out more information about organisational cyber security please visit www.cyberaware.gov.uk.
Next time we will be covering tips on how to protect yourself, your family and your personal devices.