You may have seen the news lately, where eBay had been cyber attacked and many customers’ details had been leaked. If you are an eBay customer, you may then have received an e-mail prompting you to change your password in order to help keep your account secure. Many attacks like this can cause concern with anybody who uses the Internet frequently. Bank details, address details and personal information which is stored online can be at risk and for this reason, you need to follow certain rules to stay safe when using the Internet.
Here are a few tips to ensuring that you stay safe online:
- Change your passwords frequently. I know that it can feel frustrating to constantly change your passwords, as well as time-consuming, but it is very important for your safety online. If you have the same password for everything, you are very likely to put yourself at risk. This is because if a fraudster who manages to hack one of your accounts can then find it easy to access others, multiplying the damage.
- Make sure that you choose passwords which aren’t obvious. Your name or date of birth is not going to be very difficult to guess. Some people also choose passwords like Password123, which is also something that fraudsters will be able to guess easily. Try to choose something unique and also choose passwords that have numbers or symbols in them.
- Log off public computers. If you regularly work at a public computer, perhaps at work or at a public library, make sure that you log off every time you finish. Leaving your accounts open to anybody else who sits on the computer after you can be very damaging. Even leaving social media sites such as Facebook open can give a fraudster enough information to hack another one of your accounts.
- Don’t believe all the e-mails you receive. Fraudsters are becoming more sophisticated in the way that they target their victims. They can write an e-mail and make it sound completely legitimate, simply by using the company’s logo and details to make you believe that this method of communication is actually from your bank. If you receive any e-mail which asks you to click a link within the e-mail, refrain from doing so. The fraudster can set up an identical website through the link which asks you to put in your personal details. They can then use this to access your account. If you are unsure about any e-mail that you receive, contact the company personally by calling them up or dropping into one of their locations and confirm the e-mail.