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Quick tips for keeping yourself safe online

Like shielding your PIN at a cash machine, there’s loads of really simple things you can do to keep you and your cash safe whilst shopping online:

Get smart with mobile phone security

Make sure you’ve got security software installed on your phone to protect the things you use it for, and the data you store in it. The best software will depend on the type of device you use, so visit your phone’s app store to see what’s available.

It’s also really important to make sure that only you can access your phone. Secure it with your fingerprint or a pin code that only you know.

Stay up-to-date

Whether you’re using a computer or your phone, check for updates for your device and install them. They often contain improvements to your device’s security to keep it, and you, safe. The same goes for your web browser, anti-virus and ad-blockers – make sure they’re kept up to date with the latest security improvements. 

Protect your data

Social media, forums and comments are great places to chew the fat online with people from across the world. But try to remember that anything you post online could be seen by anyone, anywhere in the world – even in places you think are private to you and your friends. So it’s always best to avoid posting anything you wouldn’t show to a stranger - especially your bank details, personal information (like your date of birth) or anything that might be an answer to one of your security questions.

Stay strong

Passwords are the keys to your online world. Make sure they’re strong and, importantly, unique. Avoid using the same password for multiple websites. A really, really great way to create a strong password is to use a short sentence that means something to you, complete with capital letters and punctuation. 

Don’t use passwords that contain easily found information about you – like your name, date of birth, pet names or favourite teams. 

And most importantly, never tell anyone your passwords. Even if you trust them completely, they could make a mistake which exposes your password.

Want more?

Head to getsafeonline.org for more really brilliant online safety tips.