Five Top Tips For Keeping Your Data Safe Online

Many of us are currently working from home, juggling the joys of home-schooling, housework and our day jobs. With all of this going on, keeping your data secure may be way down your list of priorities. However, with many of us working remotely it’s more important than ever that you keep your data safe online.

As today is Data Privacy Day we’ve put together five simple tips to protect yourself against data theft.

  1. Use secure passwords.  Ideally any passwords you use should be different for each service.  Passwords should be at least 12 characters long and use a combination of letters, numbers and characters.
  2. Use a password keeper service.  A password keeper service, is a secure app where you can manage and update all of your different .passwords. There are a range of password keeper services out there, some are free, some are paid for. Most have the ability to share certain passwords to trusted contacts.  Some of the best ones about currently are;  Keeper, Lastpass and Dashlane.
  3. Secure your social. If you have (or have ever had) social media accounts, these networks hold a lot of information about you, and by default much of this information is open to anyone browsing the internet.  Go through all of your social accounts and check your privacy settings and decide how much information you want to share, both with your friends and with complete strangers.
  4. Don’t reply to suspicious emails and never accept friendship requests from people you don’t personally know. Hackers and fraudsters are getting much more sophisticated.  Before you reply to any unexpected emails, check the sender’s email address and ensure you are happy it’s genuine.  Never share personal information over email even if you do believe it’s a genuine request.  If in doubt, report it.
  5. Secure your phone.  Phones store a lot of data we’d rather keep private, so protect them with passwords. These passwords don’t have to be complicated and unique, Use a six-digit PIN or actual passwords rather than four digits and screen-lock patterns. For devices that support biometric authentication — whether fingerprint reading or face unlock — these can be used, but remember these are not as secure as a PIN or password.