Be Cyber Streetwise in three simple steps

Published 29 September 2015

To help people stay secure online, a new Cyber Streetwise campaign is encouraging people to take three simple steps - use three random words to create a strong password; install security software on all devices; and always download the latest software updates.

More people now store valuable data – both personal and business – on devices like a smartphone, tablet or computer. If a hacker gains access to your device they could cause a lot of damage – for example, they can access sensitive data such as your email or bank details.

If you own a business, your devices are full of your clients’ data. Your business and its reputation are at risk if this information is compromised.

To help you stay secure online, the Cyber Streetwise campaign encourages you to adopt three simple actions:

1. Use strong passwords which include three random words

This will keep your online accounts strong and out of reach from hackers. Prioritise your online banking and your email account – your email is a gateway to lots more of your personal information. You should also use separate passwords for your business and home accounts.

2. Use security software across all computers, tablets and smartphones

This will help to prevent them being compromised by viruses or malware. All operating systems need this type of protection – Apple, Windows and Android.

3. Regularly download software updates for your devices

You may think they don’t make a difference, but software updates contain vital security upgrades which help protect your device.

Get more tips for staying safe online from by visiting the Cyber Streetwise website.

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