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Top tips for staying safe online

Handy tricks on keeping your guard up on the internet.

We’ve got a few tricks up our sleeves when it comes to staying safe on the internet. Whether you need to use stronger passwords, install anti-virus software or back up important photos and documents, we’ll help you confidently browse, surf, work and play online.

Use strong passwords

Let’s start by giving your passwords a bit of a transformation. The easiest way to be safer online is to make sure no one can get into your accounts, so make sure you’ve got a super strong password.

There’s nothing wrong with using a child’s or pet’s name, but try to mix things up with the names and get creative. Swap out letters for numbers, so A and O (see what we did there?) would become 4 and 0. Now you’ve just got to pick which kid gets to be your password!

Update all your software

Another simple tip is to make sure that all the software is up to date on your devices. Not only will this help your apps and programs run a lot smoother, but software updates also come with state-of-the-art tech that fights against viruses and other dangers.

Luckily, most software will update automatically but sometimes your laptop’s operating system may need a little nudge. We’ve got that covered, though. Because we’re helpful, here’s a guide on how to check if your laptop needs updating and how to do it.

Install antivirus software

Viruses from dodgy websites and shops can access personal information and make your laptop super slow. The easiest way to prevent this is to install antivirus software on your laptop which will clean your device of any malware and keep it safe and sound.

We have a wide range of antivirus software that you can get for the whole family, so absolutely every device in your home is protected. Not only does the software safeguard your tech, but it also warns you of any potential threats while you’re using it.

Back up your data

Sometimes your important bits of work or precious family photos can get corrupted by viruses, making them unusable or erasing them altogether. Backing up any valuable data to an external hard drive or cloud storage service means that it’s easy to get hold of whenever you need it.

We’d recommend backing up your photos and work every now and again so if you do lose anything, you won’t have to do twice the work. Our handy how to guide will show you everything you need to do.