Cyber Safety Tips

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Every site, device and application needs a password these days. They need to be so many characters long, not have a word from the dictionary, include numbers and special characters, they must be not easy to guess, but still be easy to remember.

Impossible, right?

It’s not as hard as you may think if you follow these easy steps:

*Pick some letters from the website you are using, for example Facebook – take Fc
*Think of a key word you will remember: E.g. Drive (backwards) evirD
*add a special character or two: +!
*finally tag on the total number of letters for the website/application:
Facebook = 8
*password: FcevirD+!8

As you can see, this is a very secure password which changes for each website but using this pattern is easy to remember. The above password will take about 1,600 years for a desktop computer to crack, as opposed to less time than it takes to make a cup of coffee if you use P@55w*rd.

KEEP IT PRIVATE

Did you know that everything you do on the internet is monitored? Not by the police or security services, but by your internet browser! Every website you visit every search term you enter and every form you fill in is remembered by your browser. Whilst there are convenient reasons for this, the less information that you give the safer you are (and it could save you money too). On your browser go to the settings and look for “inprivate browsing” or “new incognito tab”, browsing in this way prevents cookies from being downloaded which means that every time you go to a site it thinks it’s the first time that you have accessed the website so any special offers will still show, even if you’ve left the site to shop around. Try it the next time you book a holiday online, that special rate the first time you visited the site will still be there and not the slightly less special rate that appears the next time you go on the site.

CLEAR OUT YOUR CACHE

Your devices store all sorts of information about you and what you do on it. Most of the time this is to save you some time when you go onto a website, but do you really want this personal information, including your logon details, stored?  Aside from the security risks this also slows your device down and takes up memory that could be used for a program that you’re using at the time. Its best practice to clear your cache data every time you switch off your device or close a program. On your device search for “cache” and clear the data. Some devices and applications have a setting to do this automatically which will save you time.

This information was taken from a Neighbourhood Policing News Magazine.