With the recent theft of personal information from half a billion Yahoo accounts being one of the worst hacks ever, it shows how online security is still a pressing issue in 2016.
And with many more of us using digital technologies to carry out a range of financial activities from online banking to playing casino games, it’s essential that we all use some of the following tips to ensure that our sensitive information doesn’t fall into the wrong hands.
Change your password
Our passwords are perhaps the weakest link in our online security. And although there’s some argument about what constitutes a strong password, by changing our passwords often and following some of these password tips, we’ll give hackers a much harder time. Furthermore, if you can use services that have a two-step authentication process like receiving a passcode through via SMS message, it should provide an extra level of security.
Use trusted payment methods
It’s when we make financial transactions that we’ll be most aware of any potentially malicious activity. Your web browser should usually alert you if any website is suspected of being unsafe, but try to ensure that if you are making a payment, that it’s through a recognised digital payment service such as the likes of PayPal who cover everything from the likes of the slots, poker and roulette games at Betway Casino, to the latest in high street fashion at respected shops like Asos, Top Shop and Zara.
Think about your Wi-Fi connection
Even if we’re using a respected digital payment service, we can never be too sure about who’s prying on our online activities. This is especially so if we’re using public Wi-Fi such as in an office, cafe or airport, as such technologies are notoriously prone to online snooping. But if you need to carry out financial transactions over public Wi-Fi, be sure to follow this handy advice on how to set up firewalls and create a virtual private network.
Lock your device
And finally, it’s probably the most simplest but most overlooked security barrier, but regardless of whether you’re using a smartphone, tablet or laptop, if you’re in a public space, it’s always a good idea to use the passcode on your device. So that if you’re unlucky enough to have your device stolen, then you can stop any malicious activity at the very first attempt.
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