Keep your details safe online

The internet has lots of things that can help you. But you need to know how to stay safe online.

How to protect your devices

Your devices let you chat, shop and bank online. So they store a lot of personal data, like texts, pictures and banking details.

Fraudsters use scam calls or messages to try and steal details and money.

But you can take simple steps to keep your devices safe from scams.

Keep up-to-date

  • Update the operating system (OS) on a device as often as you can. The OS runs all of the programs and apps. It also helps to keep it safe from viruses.
  • You should update your internet browser too.
  • If your computer uses an older OS like Windows 7, XP, Vista or 2000, it won’t get security updates.
  • You may need to change the device if you can’t update the OS.
  • If your mobile device uses Android 7.0 or below, Google no longer sends security updates. So you may need to update your device.

Log off from your accounts

  • After you use bank online or use any other online account, log off. This can help to stop others from getting into your account.

Lock your device

  • Choose a PIN or password to lock your device when it’s not in use. This will stop other people from using it.

Use an antivirus and firewall

  • Install an antivirus on your device. Make sure you keep it up-to-date.
  • Scan for viruses at least once a week and follow the advice it gives you. It should tell you if a site or a file is unsafe to open.
  • Keep your firewall on at all times. This helps to stop people from getting into your computer. Only a computer expert should turn it off.

Download with care

  • Only download files and programs you know are genuine that come from a trusted source.
  • Dodgy downloads can hide a virus that could harm your device. A virus is often used to try and steal personal and banking details.
  • Get your mobile apps from an official store such as the App Store or Google Play.

Be Wi-Fi wise

  • You should change the password that came with your Wi-Fi router or hub. Choose a strong password that only you know. Don’t let anyone use it without your approval.
  • Get more advice on our Use strong passwords page.
  • Only use genuine and secure Wi-Fi when you’re away from home.
  • Fraudsters can set up Wi-Fi hotspots in cafes and other public areas to try to set up scams and steal details.
  • If you use public or free Wi-Fi, be careful of sites that want payment or banking details. You’re safer using your mobile phone network to shop or bank online.  

If you think someone has used your account without your approval, contact us now.

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