- Look at the security of all devices connecting to your network.
- Ensure you have up to date security software on all devices
- Keep software and operating systems up to date
- Use unique complex passwords for online accounts
Consider using a password manager. There are a lot of password managers available that will work on your computer, tablet and phone. A password manager can be useful as it means you do not have to remember every password. Always use Multi-factor Authentication with a password manager.
- Where possible, use Multi Factor Authentication (MFA). MFA, sometimes called 2 Factor Authentication (2FA), adds an extra layer of security to your online accounts. MFA can use a phone call, an SMS, or an authenticator application such as Google Authenticator or Microsoft Authenticator as a secondary layer of protection against unauthorised account access.
- Be vigilant around links in emails and messenger - Phishing attacks often use cleverly disguised links in email and messages. Be certain you trust the person sending the link and be especially vigilant when receiving communications from financial institution.
- VPN - When connecting outside the home and using public WiFi, consider using a virtual private network (VPN). This essentially routes your connection through a trusted server rather than through the open public network.
- Be cautious with what you download and use trusted sources. When downloading anything online, be mindful of the source and how trustworthy a link might be. Malware is often distributed with or in place of digital downloads.
- Take regular backups of important data. Backing up your data is good practice. If anything should go wrong, having a recent backup is often a quick way to get back up and running. Security fixes should be applied after restoring a backup if necessary.