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Proactive measures to protect your information

Protecting your personal information and privacy is essential when using the internet.

  • Use strong passwords and don't share them with anyone. Ideally use a passphrase that is made up of at least four words, including at least 14 characters, for example 'horsecupstarshoe'. Make it meaningful to you but hard for others to guess. Learn more about using strong passwords. 

  • Use a separate email address for shopping, discussion groups and newsletters. If you need to, you can then change this address without disrupting online business activities. 

  • Only share your primary email address with people you know. 

  • If you use social media, adjust your privacy settings to control the amount and type of information you share. 

  • When creating an account take the time to familiarise yourself with social media privacy policies. Here are some helpful links:  

Monitor your activity and accounts for signs of compromise 

  • Check your billing and account records carefully to detect signs of potential identity theft early. 

  • Be careful when signing up to mailing lists as cybercriminals sometimes use the unsubscribe button to validate addresses. 

  • Only make online purchases from companies that have a clear privacy policy and secure payment options. Find more information about safe online banking and payments. 

  • Think before you fill out online forms and be careful with whom and how you share your information. Ask yourself, do I really need to give my information to this site? 

  • Keep a record of what information you have given to whom. 

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