Helping you achieve more online

The internet is a wonderful place that offers lots of exciting opportunities, all at the click of a mouse.

Being digitally able can be a great way to boost your wellbeing and can help you catch up with friends and family, learn new skills and keep up to date with the latest news.

We want to help you achieve more online. We’ve pulled together a list of some of the great things you can do, as well as how to stay safe while you’re browsing the web.

Staying social

Did you know that you can use the internet to stay connected to those closest to you?

There are lots of websites and apps that help you to keep in touch with your nearest and dearest, all from the comfort of your own home.

Try using social media to link in with loved ones, Zoom to video chat with the family or even WhatsApp to swap messages with friends.

If you’re unsure on how to use any of these platforms, check out our handy how to guides here!

Learning new skills

If you’ve got a hobby you would like to pursue, then the internet is the perfect place to help you start exploring it.

To get some top tips and tricks, try checking out YouTube tutorial videos on your chosen subject.

Online, you can even find forums full of like-minded people who share the same interests as you.

Streaming

Are you tired of sticking to the routine of regular TV channels?

Unlock thousands of new shows and movies online by subscribing to a streaming service like Netflix or NowTV.

Although you do have to pay to use these platforms, the monthly rates are usually less than £10 a month with unlimited screening.

Don’t worry if you’ve missed your favourite television programme. Most of your favourite Freeview channels also now have online streaming platforms too! Try BBC Iplayer, 4oD or ITV Player to catch up on the latest episodes!

Staying safe online

With most of us spending a lot more time online nowadays, it’s more important than ever that we keep ourselves as safe and secure as possible.

We wanted to share a few top tips on how you can boost your internet security, helping you to keep the digital scammers at bay:

1. Create strong passwords. This may seem like a no brainer, but one of the easiest ways to keep yourself safe online is to use a password that no-one could guess. Try to use a mixture of capital letters, lower case letters, numbers and punctuation to really throw the hackers off the scent.

2. Get security software. Give your family extra peace of mind by installing security software on your digital devices. It doesn’t have to be expensive; there are plenty of free packages you can get your hands on, like Windows Security Essentials or Avira Free Antivirus.

3. Click Smart. Make sure you’re careful with what you click on. Spam emails, fake “free” offers, dodgy online quizzes and more may be a way for people to get you to give up your personal information. If you think something is too good to be true, it’s usually best to avoid it.

4. Don’t share too much. With social media websites becoming even more popular, it can be easier than you think to share your personal information. Take a look at this recent Barclays advert, which shows how easy it can be to steal someone’s identity, using just a few details from networking sites.

5. Look out for the latest scams. Scammers are becoming more sophisticated all the time, so it’s important you keep up to date with the latest scams, so you know exactly what to look out for. Take a look at websites like friends against scams or the scams section on Citizens Advice website to help you stay safe.

If you need an extra helping hand to help you get digitally connected, or more advice on how to stay safe online, get in contact with us today.