Taking control of your own cyber security begins with understanding one simple fact: that the Internet can be a hazardous place.

Whether you’re banking, connecting with friends, working, or just passing the time, when you’re online you are never alone. Just as you’d watch your back, your family, and your belongings in a busy public place, you need to be equally cautious online.

Protecting yourself can be easy when you make cyber safety a priority and become aware of the most common threats and risks to your online security.

Enable Firewall Security

  • Check to see that it is turned “on”, and ensure that it’s updated regularly. Your operating system’s (OS) help menu or online help should be able to guide you.
  • If your OS doesn’t include a firewall, install your own firewall software. Look online for programs from credible companies.

Browser and OS Security

  • Use the drop down menus on your browser to set your options. Always set your own options for optimum security.
  • Clear your cache and your browsing history at the end of your session, so that you don’t leave a record of sensitive data.
  • Keep your browser and OS updated with the newest version.
  • OS manufacturers release regular updates called ‘patches‘ or ‘fixes’ to improve security. Enable automatic updates so your device will download and install these fixes as soon as they’re available.