There are many hackers/scammers around who try to gain personal data.   Please find a list of measures to keep your on-line security safe and secure.

Steps you can take to protect your identity

  • Check your bank statements regularly for any unusual payments
  • Check your credit report regularly
  • Never give out personal details over the phone unless you’re sure who you’re speaking to
  • Use strong passwords utilising a mix of character types and change them regularly
  • A good way to create a strong and memorable password is to use three random words and symbols
  • Be creative and use words memorable to you, so that people can’t guess your password
  • Never use the following personal details for your password: Current partner’s name, Child’s name, Other family members’ name, Pet’s name, Place of birth, Favourite holiday, Something related to your favourite sports team
  • Use different passwords on every site, a password manager can help you do this
  • Keep up with system and software security updates
  • Enable a firewall
  • Adjust your browsers’ privacy settings
  • Install antivirus and anti-spyware software
  • Always scan software you download with anti-virus software before installing it
  • Password protect your software and lock your device
  • Encrypt your data
  • Do not install software unless you trust the website you are downloading from
  • Do not install browser add-ons unless you really need them
  • Do not immediately trust people you meet online
  • Be wary of unsolicited emails and don’t click on links they contain
  • Never provide your password to anyone on the telephone, reputable companies would never ask for it, or ask you to visit a website to enter it
  • Be very wary of anyone on the phone who wants to connect to your computer and install software, even if they claim to be from Microsoft or your broadband company
  • If you think you have been a victim of fraud you should report it to Action Fraud, the UK’s national fraud and internet crime reporting centre, on 0300 123 2040