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Information security: keep your devices safe

Updated: May 9

Password-protect your devices and make sure your passwords are strong. Before you can access your computers, create a password for them. Symbols, numbers, upper and lowercase letters should all be included in a strong password. Sensitive details, such as birthdays or the names of loved ones, should not be used as a password. Many organisations are pushing the use of pass-phrases instead of passwords!

Check to see if your anti-virus is up to date. Anti-virus software companies release new updates on a daily basis in response to new malware that they may have discovered. Install these updates right away, and if possible, set your anti-virus program to install updates automatically. Cyber-attacks are a rapidly evolving environment, with attackers constantly coming up with new ways to deceive people and create new malware.

When using public Wi-Fi, use a VPN. Since everyone can access your details on public Wi-Fi, it is a dangerous spot. Both communications in and out of your mobile device are encrypted with a Virtual Private Network (VPN). When connecting to any public Wi-Fi, make sure to use a VPN. We suggest using a paid VPN – there are numerous VPN providers that charge a small fee, such as ExpressVPN, NordVPN, and others.

Never engage in any practise that necessitates the use of personal information, such as banking or online shopping. Log out of any accounts that hold sensitive information.

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