How to stay secure on the web

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Every day we share personal data through online forms and apps. It's important that this sensitive information, which can include bank details, can only be seen by those we intend to see it.

There are a few things that you can do to protect yourself when you're online to make sure any information you send is safe and secure.

Look for the padlock and the 's' in 'https'

Before you submit any information to a website, take time to look at the browser. A secure site should have a padlock symbol - this appears in the address bar on most browsers. If you click on the padlock symbol a notice will appear explaining how the connection is secured.

Most websites start with http:// but where you see an 's' at the start of a web address - this indicates that you are using a secure web server.

Watch where you click

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Don't trust every email that comes into your inbox. Even messages that look genuine or official can contain links that, when clicked, could result in harm to your device. Links in social media posts may also present a risk.

Be particularly careful if it's to purchase something as links can take you to a fake website which allows you to submit your bank details but is actually fraudulent.

If you're buying something it is safer to type in the web address to make sure you've got it 100% right.

Sometimes a web browser will indicate that a site can't be trusted. Before continuing to the website make sure you're confident that it poses no risk to your device or data.

Beware public wi-fi

Your internet connection at work or home is more than likely set up securely. However, when you are using public wi-fi hotspots there is not always a way of telling who it belongs to and how secure it is.

The connection might be unencrypted, meaning that any personal information or data that you share over the network could be picked up by fraudsters. Avoid using public wi-fi for shopping and banking to keep your payment details safe.

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