Five tips on keeping safe and secure online

Keeping your personal data secure is more important today than it has ever been before… 

For many of us, the internet has become our reliable and informative friend.

But, it can also be a burden when it is not used safely.

Here are 5 points on how to tell if a website is safe, especially for online shopping and banking.

  • Does the website have an “S” on “HTTPS”? 

The “S” indicates a website is security encrypted. This security provided by an SSL certificate shows sensitive information entered onto a site travels from the website itself, to a server.

Any URL which does not have an SSL certificate suggests information entered onto a website can be exposed and easily accessed by criminals on the web (known as cybercriminals).

REMEMBER: Whenever you are entering any information onto a site – even if no bank details are inputted – ensure the website has ‘HTTPS’

  • Does the website have contact information?

Similar to many scam emails, there are numerous websites which are convincing and appear to be genuine, but are in fact misleading and dangerous.

Look for the contact information on a website to judge whether a website and / or service is ethical and actually does what it says.

A website with no contact information is a prime indicator that you may have stumbled across something dodgy, especially if there is not “HTTPS” in the URL.

  • Check for a privacy policy

Every website should clearly state how your data is collected, used and protected. Most websites have a privacy policy. Therefore, if you click onto a website which doesn’t clearly present its privacy policy, then this is a point for concern.

  • Activate Google Safe Browsing

If using Google Chrome (which we highly recommend), Google Safe Browsing is a useful tool which ensures the websites you are presented with on the search engine are secure.

This reassures you that your threat of having any personal data shared with anybody you do not wish to have possession of is minimised.

  • Create complex passwords

Many of us are guilty of using the same password for various platforms. For example, you may use the same password for all of your social media accounts.

Do not do this.

By having complex and different passwords for every online account you use — whether it’s emails, banking or social media — you are strengthening your security and making it harder for cybercriminals to access your information.

Syn-Star: Complete I.T. Solutions specialise in backup and security. For more information on how we can help, click ‘Contact Us’

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