3 steps to stay safer online

1. Never re-use the same or similar passwords

We all have so many log-ins that it makes it so difficult to use different passwords for each one.

That’s exactly what cyber criminals rely on – imagine going out for an evening and leaving the keys in the front door. It doesn’t mean you’re automatically going to be burgled, but you’re making a criminal’s life so much easier if you re-use the same or similar passwords.

We’ve got articles to help you to come up with different passwords, as well as loads of tools that can manage them all for you.

2. Always use 2-factor authentication

2-factor authentication is that additional code that you’re often sent by SMS or, if you’ve set it up, generated by an app on your phone.

Even if a criminal guesses or knows your password, if 2FA is in place, it makes it so much harder for them to access your account.

Take a look at our articles and the tools that can help.

3. Don't click on links in emails or messages

How many emails and texts do we get every day that ask us to click on a link to pay extra for a courier delivery, for example, or to log-in to reset your bank details?

It is virtually impossible to know just by looking at a link whether it is genuine or not, so don’t take the risk.

Play it safe – open up a new browser window and navigate to the bank or retailer that is supposedly contacting you and log-in there. If the SMS or text was genuine, 9 times out of 10 there’ll also be the same message waiting for you once you’ve logged-in “clean”.

We’ve written articles to help you separate fact from fiction.