Staying safe online: what you need to know this winter

Cyberspace, the Internet, computer networks, the digital world – call it what you will – is always developing and so are the threats and risks of being online.

Be vigilant of cyber criminals during the festive period

Christmas is by far the busiest period for online shopping, so it’s an ideal time for cyber criminals to strike.

Many employees are using up their annual leave to spend time with their families and those left in the office have their minds on other things. Ultimately, their guard is down.

Cyber crime is increasing and has become a multibillion-euro industry. Cyber attacks come in various forms and are designed to not only target technological weaknesses but also exploit people and a lack of organisational processes and procedures.

Tips to stay safe online

It doesn’t matter if you are working in the most mature enterprise environment, unemployed, retired or still at school, whether you often have a smartphone in your hand or only use a desktop computer, you are at risk.

December’s book of the month, Security in the Digital World, provides ten essential cyber security tips to help you stay safe online.

Top 10 tips to stay safe online: 1) Secure your device 2) Manage your accounts 3) Have a private life 4) Be security aware 5) Manage your information 6) Build a secure web browser 7) Manage the home network 8) Shop clever 9) Regularly review your security 10) Do not commit to anything online until you have considered it and the impact to you.

This must-have guide features simple explanations, examples and advice to help you be security-aware online in the digital age. Learn how to:

  • Keep your information secure;
  • Put the necessary controls on your home network to protect your family from cyber crime;
  • Prevent identity theft when shopping online or using contactless payment; and
  • Keep your children safe when using the Internet.

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