You may have been given the latest smartphone as a Christmas present. Or perhaps you treated yourself to a new tablet or computer in the sales. Whilst it’s nice to have the latest technology, these gadgets are attractive to thieves because of their value and the information they can reveal. That’s why the Cyber Aware campaign is reminding people of the simple steps they can take to protect their devices.
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 or your clients’ details if you are a business owner.
To help you keep your data secure, the Cyber Aware campaign is encouraging people to take three simple steps to help stay secure online. These are:
Make passwords stronger by using three random words
Install security software on all devices
Always download the latest software updates
You can find out further information about being more secure online by visiting the Cyber Aware website. Don't forget to follow Cyber Aware’s Facebook and Twitter accounts to receive ideas and advice on how you can be more secure online and thwart cyber criminals, and share the posts with your family and friends.