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How to Keep safe on-line

January 15th 2016
By: Melanie Hollidge

Keeping our information safe on-line is becoming harder and harder as cyber attackers are becoming more masterful at drawing personal information from us on-line. According to the security software company Norton’s Cybersecurity Insights Report, 12 million people in the UK have experienced cyber crime in the past year. It costs us around £134 per person per year, an estimated £1.6 billion across the nation.
 
So we checked out the advice from the Good Housekeeping website on how to keep safe on the internet:
 
Strong passwords – you need to make sure your passwords contain at least one number, and one capital letter, symbols and letters. Avoid using any personal info to create a password. Check out this site https://howsecureismypassword.net/ to see how long it would take to crack your passwords, just by adding a symbol to one of my passwords changed it from 36 days to crack to 58 years.
 
Don’t use a password twice – this might seem difficult but if a site becomes hacked, and your passwords become compromised. If like many of us you can’t remember your pass codes use a site such as LastPass to keep your passwords safe.
 
Change passwords straightaway – if your account is hacked or you discover one of the sites you use has been hacked.
 
Search URL’s - Never search for URL’s in the search bar, always put in the exact address.
 
Secure sites - Before paying or adding any personal information to a site, make sure it’s secure, you can tell if it’s secure when you see the ‘https’ in the search bar.
 
Install security software - Make sure you use security software on your computer, so that it can let you know if someone is trying to hack your machine.
 
Free WIFI - Never use free WIFI to log into any of your accounts or to shop on-line as people can easily hack into your machine.