At SafeKab, we’re all about safety. Not just safety in the physical world, but in the online realm too. In today’s digital age, staying safe online is essential. The internet provides us with countless opportunities and conveniences, but it also exposes us to various risks and threats from near and far. Whether you’re a seasoned internet user or just getting started, it’s important to prioritise your online safety. In this blog, we will share the top 10 ways to stay safe online, ensuring that you stay safe with SafeKab online as well as IRL (that means ‘in real life’ 😊).
1. Create Strong and Unique Passwords
Passwords are the first line of defence for all of your online accounts, so it’s incredibly important to create strong and unique passwords. Avoid using common passwords like “123456” or “password” as they are easy targets for opportunistic hackers. Instead, use a combination of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters. Additionally, try to use a different password for each of your accounts. It might seem like an inconvenience, but it means if your password gets compromised, hackers won’t have access to all of your online accounts and makes sure you stay safe online.
2. Enable Two-Factor Authentication
Two-factor authentication (2FA) adds an extra layer of security to your online accounts. By enabling 2FA, you will need to provide a second form of verification, such as a unique code that gets sent to your mobile device, in addition to your password. This ensures that even if someone discovers your password, they won’t be able to access your account without the second factor of authentication.
3. Keep Your Software and Devices Updated
Software updates often include important security patches that address vulnerabilities discovered by developers. To stay safe online, regularly update your operating system, web browsers, and other software applications on your devices. Additionally, keep your antivirus and anti-malware software up to date to protect against the latest threats. Notifications to update your software should just automatically appear on your device, so it’s just a matter of approving the update so it installs promptly.
4. Be Mindful of Phishing Attempts
Phishing is a common online scam where attackers impersonate legitimate organisations to trick you into revealing sensitive information like passwords or credit card details. It is very popular amongst scammers and can take the form of cloned social media accounts, emails from legitimate-looking sources, and even phone calls! Be cautious of unsolicited emails, messages, or calls asking for personal information. Verify the authenticity of the sender by contacting the organisation directly using official contact information.
5. Browse Securely with HTTPS
When accessing websites, look for the “HTTPS” prefix in the website’s URL. The “S” stands for secure and indicates that the website has an encrypted, safe connection, protecting your data from interception. Avoid entering sensitive information on websites that don’t have HTTPS enabled, especially when making online purchases or submitting personal details.
6. Be Selective with Downloaded Content
Downloading files from the internet can expose your device to malware and other malicious software. Only download content from trusted sources, such as official app stores and reputable websites. Be cautious of files or links shared via email, social media, or instant messaging platforms, especially if they come from unknown sources.
7. Practice Safe Social Media Usage
Social media platforms are a hub of personal information, making them a prime target for cybercriminals. Be mindful of the information you share on social media, such as your full birthdate, home address, or vacation plans. Adjust your privacy settings to control who can view your posts and limit the personal information accessible to the public.
8. Regularly Back Up Your Data
Data loss can occur due to various reasons, including malware infections (computer viruses), hardware failures, or accidental deletion. Regularly back up your important files and data to an external hard drive, cloud storage, or another secure location. This ensures that even if your device is compromised, you can still recover your valuable information.
9. Educate Yourself about Online Scams and Threats
The more you know about online scams and threats, the better prepared you’ll be to avoid them. Stay informed about the latest techniques used by cybercriminals and learn how to identify warning signs. Familiarise yourself with common scams such as email phishing, fake websites, and fraudulent online schemes.
10. Trust Your Instincts and Exercise Caution
Lastly, trust your instincts and exercise caution when navigating the online world. If something feels suspicious or too good to be true, it probably is. Be sceptical of unexpected offers, requests for money, or deals that seem too enticing. By staying vigilant and using common sense, you can protect yourself from online threats. If in doubt, ask a friend or loved one to have a look and see what they think. A fresh pair of eyes always brings a greater perspective.
Staying Safe with SafeKab
Staying safe online is a continuous effort that requires ongoing awareness and proactive measures. Stay informed, be vigilant, and keep your digital life secure!
For safety in the physical world, look no further than your friendly neighbourhood local taxi app SafeKab!
The SafeKab app includes fantastic safety features such as:
- The Power to Choose your driver, vehicle, and price you pay for your ride. Giving you full control and transparency over your journey.
- Unique Safety Code for you and your driver so you know you’re in the right vehicle.
- Journey Monitoring so you can see where you are, the road home and share this information with a loved one.
- A Panic Button is embedded in our app so if you feel vulnerable at any time, you can press the button and notify both SafeKab’s local cab office and a loved one.
- SafeKab Credit means that you don’t need to carry money or a card to get your ride home. Money can be deposited in your in-app wallet so there is always cash to get you home after a great night out.
- SafeWalk – a free GPS tracking feature that sends real-time details of your walk home or wherever you’re travelling to a loved one and provides an SOS button should you feel vulnerable on your journey.
Download the SafeKab app now to join the safety revolution