Here’s how to ensure safety to match the simplicity.
Firstly, make sure your smartphone, tablet or computer is secure by keeping your operating systems up to date.
You can set laptops and desktops to automatically install software updates as soon as they become available. The same goes for app updates on your devices. Choose to install them whenever you’re connected to Wi-Fi and a new update is available, or at night when your device is plugged in.
This way you quickly inherit any security enhancements, which are designed to make it increasingly difficult for hackers to gain access.
You should also install antivirus software from a well-known and trusted company to ensure your device is protected from any malicious activity.
Passwords are your friend
While online passwords might feel like a hassle, they do an important job protecting your personal information.
When it comes to passwords, longer equals stronger. A variety of characters – upper case, lower case, numbers and symbols – also make them harder to crack. Another way to strengthen a password is to string together unrelated words.
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If you do, or are thinking about, banking online or via a mobile app, there are further security measures you can put in place. For example, using Touch ID or Face ID adds biometric security to your banking app, while Voice ID adds a strong layer of protection when doing telephone banking.
Setting up a digital account can actually be a good form of defence against cyber criminals. The layers of security typically make it harder for them to access your account than it would be for them to fraudulently set one up in your name.
More tips to stay safe online
Once you’ve put those security measures in place, you need to be mindful of common scams. Here are some tips on what to look out for.