Shopping, picture sharing and doing business, all activities which are now all being commonly done online. Never has so much of our own information been shared and stored electronically. As the internet develops we are being continuously surprised with new innovations, however not all of them are positive.
A rise in internet usage has also lead to an increase in online crimes, now more than ever it is important that you know who to keep yourself and your loved ones safe in an electronic world.
Online safety guides and info graphics, such as the one produced by My Voucher Codes (which you can see at the end of the post) contain a number of useful hints and tips, usually in layman terms, so that you can be more aware as to the sorts of scams people are running online. Things like suspicious email addresses, dodgy URLS and fake sites are tell-take signs that something may not be right. If you are ever in any doubt do not share your details.
Many major companies, including banks and PayPal will not ask you to share account and password details. If you ever receive an email from your bank asking for these details it is a scam, do not reply instead contact your bank directly making sure that you do not contact them using any of the details contained within the email, such as phone numbers.
Always make sure you check links in an email are correct before you follow them, even if you think it is, if the URL starts with https://this means the site has been encrypted and decrypted in order to prevent unauthorised access to user data. If you are using a site for the first time, and are unsure if it is genuine then make sure you research the site before inputting any personal details.
Although sometimes confusing ensuring your privacy settings are set correctly is one of the best ways to ensure you keep your personal details personal. It is also important to ensure that you use malware and virus detecting software on all your devices.
All of the passwords you use online should be unique, and made up of a mixture of letters, numbers and symbols. Avoiding using any personal details as part of the password as these can be easy to guess. If possible opt for a two-step login, such as asking for a code to be sent to your phone which needs inputting to complete the login process.
Also when shopping online make purchases using a credit card, especially when buying anything worth more than £100 as this will give your purchase additional protection under Section 75 of Consumer Credit Act.