Simple tips to Stay Smart Online

We encourages the local community to take simple steps during Stay Smart Online Week to stay safe and secure.

We are today highlighted the growing use of smart phones and tablets and the following tips for secure communication and transactions:

1. Put a password on your phone and a PIN on your SIM card. 2. Setup your device to automatically lock. 3. Encrypt your data. 4. Consider installing security software from a reputable provider. 5. Stay with reputable websites and mobile applications (apps). 6. Do not click on unsolicited or unexpected links. 7. Check your phone bill for unusual data charges or premium rate calls. 8. Check for updates to your phone's operating system regularly and install them as soon as they are available. 9. In case of theft or loss ask your provider or manufacturer whether it has services such as mobile tracking and the ability to remotely wipe your information stored on the phone.

10. Use strong passwords and make sure you change them regularly. Strong passwords include a mix of numbers and letters – both upper and lowercase

11. Do not use public Wi-Fi for online banking, shopping or other financial transactions.

12. Report and delete emails requesting personal information like bank account details.

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