Passwords – Password hacking is still the number one fraud risk on the Internet. Make sure your password is secure (using a combination of letters, numbers, symbols, upper and lower cases). Change your password regularly and use two-step verification on your e-mail if your provider offers it.

Personal information – Use as little personal information as you can on social networking sites. Don’t post your date of birth, address, phone numbers or details of holidays. Use the security settings and post as few photos as possible (particularly when away on holiday).

E-mails – Don’t respond to unsolicited e-mails or clink on ¬†links/attachments no matter how official they appear. No reputable company, bank, Government agency or the Police will ever ask for account numbers, PIN numbers or passwords.

Online shopping – Use credit cards when shopping online. Make sure there is a padlock symbol in the browser on any sites you shop on and never store card info by clicking the “remember me” box.

Online banking – Banking online is safe, providing you follow bank and credit card safety precautions, use secure passwords and always remember to log out. Store as little banking information as possible on your e-mail and delete old receipts/statements.

Further information and advice can be found by visiting www.getsafeonline.com

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