Cyber Security at Christmas
Advice & Guidance

12 Security Tips Of Christmas

Christmas is a happy and relaxing time but when it comes to online credentials and sensitive information, you must be alert at all times. Follow our 12 security tips to help you over the Christmas period:

  1. Use strong and unique passwords: Use strong, unique passwords for all your accounts and devices, and consider using a password manager to generate and store them securely. Avoid using easily guessable passwords, such as “123456” or your name, and avoid using the same password for multiple accounts.
  2. Enable two-factor authentication: Enable two-factor authentication (2FA) on all your accounts that offer it. 2FA adds an extra layer of security by requiring you to enter a code sent to your phone or email in addition to your password when logging in.
  3. Keep your software and devices up to date: Make sure to keep all your software and devices, including your operating system, internet browser, and antivirus software, up to date with the latest patches and security updates.
  4. Be cautious when clicking on links or downloading attachments: Be cautious when clicking on links or downloading attachments, especially if they come from unfamiliar sources. Cybercriminals often use phishing attacks to trick people into clicking on malicious links or downloading malware.
  5. Use a secure internet connection: When shopping online or accessing sensitive information, make sure to use a secure, encrypted internet connection. Avoid using public Wi-Fi networks when possible, as they may not be secure. If you do need to use public Wi-Fi, make sure to use a virtual private network (VPN) to encrypt your internet connection.
  6. Protect your devices with antivirus software: Install antivirus software on all your devices to protect against malware and other malicious software. Make sure to keep the software up to date to ensure it is effective at detecting the latest threats.
  7. Be careful when using public computers: If you need to use a public computer, such as at a library or internet cafe, be sure to log out of all your accounts and clear your browsing history before you leave.
  8. Use secure websites when shopping online: Make sure to only shop on websites that use secure connections (https://) and have a valid security certificate. Look for the padlock icon in the address bar of your browser to confirm the website is secure.
  9. Don’t overshare on social media: Be mindful of what personal information you share on social media, as this information can be used by cybercriminals to steal your identity or target you with phishing attacks.
  10. Create backups of important data: Create regular backups of your important data, such as photos, documents, and financial information, in case your device is lost, stolen, or compromised.
  11. Use a firewall: Use a firewall to protect your home network from unauthorized access and protect your devices from malicious software.
  12. Be aware of scams: Be on the lookout for scams, such as fake emails, texts, or social media messages purporting to be from legitimate companies or organizations. Do not click on links or download attachments from these sources, and do not provide personal or financial information.