General Online Safety Advice

Protect your email by using a strong and separate password

Cyber criminals can use your email to access many of your personal accounts, leaving you vulnerable to identity theft.

Install the latest software and app updates

Software and app updates contain vital security updates to help protect your devices from cyber criminals.

Turn on two-factor authentication on your email

Two-factor authentication is recommended for email accounts to make sure your data is secure.

Password managers: how they help you secure passwords

Using a password manager can help you create and remember passwords.

Secure smartphones and tablets with a screen lock

Screen locks offer your devices an important extra layer of security.

Always back up your most important data

Safeguard your most important data, such as your photos and key documents, by backing them up to an external hard drive or a cloud-based storage system.

https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/collection/top-tips-for-staying-secure-online

How setting up 2FA can help protect your online accounts, even if your password is stolen.

What is two-factor authentication (2FA)?

Two-factor authentication (often shortened to 2FA) provides a way of 'double checking' that you really are the person you are claiming to be when you're using online services, such as banking, email or social media. It is available on most of the major online services.

When setting up 2FA, the service will ask you to provide a 'second factor', which is something that you (and only you) can access. This could be a code that's sent to you by text message, or that's created by an app.

Further Advice around Password security can be found at https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/guidance/setting-two-factor-authentication-2fa