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Staying Safe in the Digital World

Updated: Mar 14

Welcome to my new monthly column designed to help you navigate the digital world safely. The digital age has revolutionized the way we connect, learn, and conduct our daily lives. However, along with the convenience and opportunities brought by the internet, there are also risks and threats lurking in the online world - from cybercrime to data breaches and privacy invasions.

Here are some tips and guidelines to help you navigate the online world safely:

  1. Strong Passwords: Protect your online accounts with strong passwords containing a mix of upper and lower-case letters, numbers, and special characters. Avoid using easily guessable information like birthdates or common words and don’t use the same password for multiple accounts.

  2. Two-Factor Authentication (2FA): Enable 2FA whenever possible as an added layer of security. 2FA is a security system that requires two separate, distinct forms of identification in order to access something. The first factor is a password and the second commonly includes a text with a code sent to your smartphone, or biometrics using your fingerprint or face.

  3. Regular Updates: Ensure that your devices, including computers, smartphones, and tablets, have up-to-date software and security patches installed.

  4. Security Software: Use reputable antivirus and anti-malware software to protect against viruses, malware, and other online threats.

  5. Be Cautious with Personal Information: Be mindful of the information you share online. Avoid disclosing sensitive data like your address, phone number, or financial details unless necessary. Check the privacy settings on social media platforms.

  6. Phishing Awareness: Beware of phishing attempts where attackers try to trick you into revealing personal information by impersonating legitimate companies or entities. Always be sceptical of unsolicited emails, messages, or calls asking for sensitive data or urging immediate action even if they appear to come from friends or family members.

  7. Secure Wi-Fi and Network Usage: Protect your home network with a strong password and encryption. Avoid using public Wi-Fi for sensitive activities like online banking or accessing confidential accounts unless through a secure VPN (Virtual Private Network).

  8. Monitor Financial Statements and Accounts: Regularly review your bank statements, credit reports, and online accounts for any suspicious activity. Report any unauthorized transactions or unusual behaviour immediately.

  9. Back Up Data Regularly: Back up your important files and data regularly to an external hard drive or a secure cloud storage service. This precaution can help you recover your data in case of ransomware attacks or device failure.

  10. Trust Your Instincts: If something feels off or too good to be true online, trust your instincts. Verify sources, be cautious with links and downloads, and don't hesitate to double-check information or seek help if uncertain.

In conclusion, safeguarding yourself online requires a combination of caution, awareness, and proactive measures. By implementing these practices and staying informed about evolving online threats, you can navigate the digital landscape with greater confidence and security. Remember, your online safety is in your hands, and staying vigilant is key to a secure online experience.

About Me

I'm Chris Walton, I live in Marnhull and I can help with many of the problems that people experience with personal and home technology. I have over 35 years' experience teaching people of all ages and all skill levels to use a wide variety of technology and software both in the workplace and at home. I provide patient and friendly training carried out at your own pace, in your own home and at your convenience.  You can find out more at

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