Staying digitally safe

Staying connected to our friends and family, especially when we can’t go out as we’re used to, has a really positive impact on our wellbeing.

During a time when we’re all being asked to stay at home, using technology can really help battle loneliness and keep us feeling positive.

There are lots of ways you can use the internet to boost your wellbeing, like catching up with your friends and family, learning new skills, watching videos and more.

But where do you start if you’ve never used the internet? We’re here to help you begin your digital journey, so you can stay connected with those you love. We’ll be sharing a few guides in the coming weeks to help you, or your friends, take that first step on to the internet!

We’ve pulled together some top tips on how to stay safe and secure online.

Staying safe online

With most of us spending a lot more time online than usual, 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, keeping you happy and safe.

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.