5 simple ways to improve your online safety in 5 minutes or less

September 29, 2017

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Simple steps to online safety

5 simple ways to improve your online safety in 5 minutes or less

With all the online security threats you hear about on the news, staying safe online seems almost impossible. But you can start by incorporating these five behaviours into your online activity for business and personal use.

1. Use strong, unique passwords for every site requiring login

If you can, use a unique password with a combination of upper and lower case letters and numbers/symbols , and keep it to yourself.

2. Keep your operating system up-to-date

Whether on your desktop or mobile, your operating systems should be updated regularly to deal with vulnerabilities to new security threats.

3. Only connect to Wi-Fi networks you know and trust

Outside of home and work, stick to Wi-Fi networks you know are secure, and that have password protection.

4. Turn off Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, camera, and location services

When not in secure and active use, shut them off. These functions on your mobile device can serve as an open door to hackers and others who want to invade your privacy. Check the settings for these in all your apps.

5. Don’t download from questionable sources

“Pirate” sites offering recent shows and movies, music, and software for free are sometimes too good to be true. In fact, they can infect your devices with viruses and compromise your privacy and safety.


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