For many the introduction of the world wide web in 1991 was a scary development. But for most it was incredibly exciting to have all the information they could imagine (and even the info they could not yet imagine) freely and easily available to them.

Unfortunately, as with all technological developments, there are always those who see an opportunity to use it to gain an unfair or unlawful advantage over others. (The printing press was revolutionary, but it didn’t take long for crooks to attempt printing themselves some cash.)

The internet is no different. Used safely, it is an incredible tool – a world full of possibility. That is why, we have compiled 5 tips to help you stay safe while exploring the web.

Update your passwords

Passwords that are outdated, too easy, or shared between too many different websites present a security risk. Use of a combination of letters, numbers, and special characters for a stronger password. Also, change your passwords every few months to make it a little harder for a cyber-criminal to crack.

Update your antivirus software

Sometimes seemingly legitimate programs infect your device with viruses. Outdated anti-virus software is like the “good guy” in the movie having a gun without bullets –the virus will have the advantage.

Don’t be a phish

Phishing is when a cyber-criminal entices you to click on a link that is designed to steal sensitive information. If you receive an email, or any form of digital message, from a recipient you do not recognise, do not click on the link.

Value online privacy

Everything shared online is out there forever. So, if you regularly share photos of, for example, your children or dogs online, rather refrain from using their names as passwords.

Back up regularly

Regularly make a copy of your most valuable documents and save it in a different location from your primary device. That way, should a cyber-criminal commandeer your device, they cannot hold your documents hostage.

Go forth and explore confidently and safely. Follow us on social media for more handy tips about online security and other important topics.