General online safety tips
The continued evolution of the internet has provided us access to an endless amount of content that helps keep us informed and entertained like never before.
While there are some obvious advantages to this, the amount of unmoderated content means we need to be aware of internet security issues such as viruses, hackers and privacy controls.
To help protect you and your family when they’re online, it starts with education and through a handful of simple security measures, you can greatly reduce your exposure to potential threats.
Here are some tips to help you get started:
- Ensure you have the most up to date security software installed on all your devices and set them to automatically update
- Run a full scan on your devices from time to time
- Do not install software programs until they’re scanned by antivirus software
- Keep your operating system and browsers up to date
- Don’t jailbreak your own device, as this can compromise built in security features
- Remove or quarantine any malware that’s detected
- Don’t click on any links if you’re not certain where they lead, or click links that are marked as spam
- Secure your computer/tablet or mobile device with a strong password/passcode
- Never click on pop-up alerts, as this may result in more pop-ups appearing. Instead, close your browser application
In addition to these tips, make sure you’re extremely careful about entering private information like passwords and payment details when you’re online. This can be done by ensuring you use a secured connection through trusted websites.