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How to protect yourself on the internet

Check out these top tips from Fluidata for making sure you stay safe when working online

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These days, the internet is used by everyone young and old so therefore making sure you are safe is very important.

In the first quarter of 2014 44.6 million adults used the internet which is a huge increase since 2013 of 1.1 million people. Sixteen to twenty four year olds had almost all used the internet (99%) and only 37% of people aged seventy five and over. As soon as you click onto the internet you are susceptible to cyber-attacks. Hackers these days are very clever and can steal almost any information including credit card details, passwords and even completely deactivate your computer.

In this blog, Fluidata give you some tips on how to protect yourself whilst using the internet.

The passwords you create for all your accounts are the most important safety measure. These passwords will make it more difficult for the hackers to get into anything. Don’t make it easy for hackers by using your name as your password, or date of birth. The best way to create a password is to use numbers, capital letters or special characters, using more than 6 characters. Also make sure that all your accounts have different passwords because otherwise, once they find out one, they can get into all your accounts.

When shopping on an online shop you must be extra careful with the information you enter. Double check that the website uses secure technology and when you are in the checkout stage, ensure the URL begins with https. If there is not a padlock symbol at the bottom right of the page or an image or statement on the checkout page saying that the website uses a security technology vendor, then you should double check the website.

Most people use emails every day to speak to friends, family or within work and they are a great way to contact people. You may have a perfectly good security software on your computer, but the person receiving the email may not. This means you should not put any personal or important information in emails especially credit card details.

Phishing scams lure you into giving private login details by setting up fake emails or websites. If you receive an email from an unknown sender and it has a link in it, make sure that you don’t enter any details until you are one hundred per cent sure it is a legitimate page. Go into a separate web browser and type in the website URL rather than clicking the link from the email so that you are visiting the website directly. If you are still not sure, you can call the business or agency directly to find out more information.

Using Instant Messaging (IM) programmes is similar to using emails; you still have to be safe what you say in your messages so once again don’t put in any personal information especially not credit card details. It is recommended to use a nickname instead of your full name so you can’t be identified. Never accept a stranger on IM because you don’t know who they are and they could potentially be a robot trying to get information.