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SECURITY GUIDANCE – STAY SAFE ONLINE

Malicious software or malware is most commonly ingested onto Personal Electronic Devices or home computers when users respond to Spam or Phishing e-mails.  Malware can also be introduced when users action an SMS request from someone they don’t recognise, they download an App for a free gift, they respond to a ‘Friend of a Friend’ on Social Media, or they visit websites they do not recognise.

IF YOU DO NOT RECOGNISE THE SOURCE DO NOT CLICK, RESPOND OR UPLOAD.  THINK, CHECK AND TAKE ADVICE.

Learn how to protect yourself, your family and your devices with these online safety basics:

Limit access to your devices

Allowing access to a device makes it easier for an attacker to extract or corrupt information. 

Encrypt your files

If you are storing sensitive personal or financial information on your device, encrypt the files. 

Disable remote connectivity

Some mobile devices are equipped with wireless technologies, such as Bluetooth, that can be used to connect to other devices or computers. 

Use good passwords

Choose devices that allow you to protect your information with passwords.

Do not choose options that allow your computer to remember your passwords.

Be cautious of public Wi-Fi networks

Before you connect to any public wireless hotspot – like on an airplane or in an airport, hotel, train/bus station or café:

Be sure to confirm the name of the network and exact login procedures, do not conduct sensitive activities, only use sites that begin with https:// when online shopping or banking.

Keep software up to date

If the vendor releases updates for the software operating your device, install them as soon as possible.

‘Actions on’ receipt of Spam or phishing e-mails

When in doubt throw it! If it looks suspicious, even if you know the source, it is best to delete or – if appropriate – mark as junk.

STOP THINK CONNECT and Stay Safe Online!

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