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Staying safe: cyber security

Staying safe: cyber security

Are you concerned about the safety of your personal information and devices in the digital world?

Remote working is common practice therefore cyber security has become more crucial than ever. But don't worry, with some simple steps, you can stay one step ahead of cyber criminals and keep your information safe.

Password protection

One of the most common ways cyber criminals gain access to your personal accounts is through weak passwords. Make sure to use strong, unique passwords for each of your accounts and consider using a password manager to keep track of them all.

If you're using video conferencing to keep in touch with colleagues or friends, be sure to create a strong password when installing a video conferencing app for the first time, and only connect with people through your contacts or address book. Never post the link or password for meetings publicly.

Lock your devices

Use screen locks on your phones, tablets, and laptops. This provides an extra layer of security, ensuring that only you can access your devices.

Watch out for suspicious emails

Phishing emails are another common tactic used by cyber criminals to steal your personal information. Be on the lookout for suspicious emails that ask for sensitive information and never give out personal or financial details. Don't click on any links unless you are sure the email is legitimate.

Know your Wi-Fi provider

When using public Wi-Fi, be aware that cyber criminals can set up fake hotspots to steal your data. Never send confidential or financial information over unfamiliar Wi-Fi and use a VPN when possible.

Back up data

Backing up your data often is also crucial in case of any unforeseen events. You can back up your most important data, such as photos and key documents, by backing them up to an external hard drive or a cloud-based storage system.

More information

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) offers more information and resources to help you stay cyber secure on their website. Don't let cyber criminals take advantage of you – take action now to protect yourself and stay safe online.

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