Keep yourself safe online
Step up your online security to protect yourself or your business against hackers, hoaxes, and viruses.
Sign up for data breach monitoring
You can sign up to the ‘Have I Been Pwned’ website, run by security researcher Troy Hunt, to be notified if your email address (and other information) has been exposed in a data breach. This can help you be aware of where and how your information is being used. You can also check which passwords are commonly used, and see how many times they’ve previously been exposed in data breaches.
A few quick ways to step up your security
Strengthen your passwords
Passwords should be strong and unique. Avoid using the same password for multiple logins as it opens the opportunity for all your key information to be compromised.
Update your operating system
Update the operating systems, applications, and anti-virus software on all of your internet connected devices regularly. These updates help to keep you protected from the latest cyber threats.
Turn on two-factor authentication
Two-factor authentication means you need to provide two ways of identifying who you are when you log in - usually by entering a code sent to another device on top of your password.
Check your privacy settings
What you share on social media could be used by criminals to get into your online accounts or obtain answers to your security questions. Check your privacy settings to make sure only your friends and family can see your details.
Know what to watch out for
Increase your awareness of what to look out for in hoax emails, then take a quiz to see how many you can spot.
Incorrectly spelled words and bad grammar throughout an email are big clues that this is unlikely to have been sent from a verified person or business.
Any kind of urgency, request for personal information, or mention of unexpected financial payments is a very common sign of a hoax.
Always check first to see if the email address matches the sender and don’t click on any attachments or links from unknown senders.
If you receive emails from a person you know, but they’re asking for financial payments, always call that person first to verify that the email is from them.
Become scam savvy
Our online learning tool, Scam Savvy, is designed to help you stay safe online by avoiding suspicious emails, phone calls, texts, and websites. It will teach you how to identify scams, what to do when you identify them, and what to do if you have been scammed. See if you can outsmart Sam the Scammer.