Get Safe Online Campaign December 2018 - Safe Connected Christmas
What does Christmas mean for you? Spending time with friends or family? Getting away from it all with a seasonal break? Pubbing or clubbing? Simply putting your feet up? Or maybe you’re working as usual?
Whatever you’re doing this Christmas, you will, more than likely, be regularly using a connected device. When you do, make sure you do it safely with help from the Get Safe Online experts...
Smartphones, Tablets & Computers - Before you start using new or pre-owned internet-connected devices – including Apple phones, tablets and computers – make sure they’re protected with a security app/software and a PIN or passcode. Upload updates to operating systems, apps and software as soon as prompted. Download apps only from official sources such as App Store, Google Play or Microsoft Store. Perform regular backups to safeguard your valuable documents, photos and other files.
Children & Young People - Make sure the ones in your life are safe this Christmas. Speak to them about safe and responsible use of the internet, including what they share, who they’re communicating with and what content they’re accessing – including apps and games. Consider downloading a respected parental control app to block unsuitable content. And make sure that bills aren’t being run up for in-game purchases.
Don’t overshare - It’s great to share good times on social media, but think before you post. Is it really necessary and could it provide confidential information for a fraudster? Posting that the family is out or away for a seasonal break is a big clue for burglars that your home is empty. Posting photos of your kids is creating or adding to their online presence. Take a few minutes during the Christmas break to update your privacy settings.
Connected Devices & Wearables - For new connected devices such as voice assistants, CCTV cameras, appliances or kids’ toys, change passwords the from factory-set ones to your own straight away to improve security. This goes for phones and tablets too.
Second-Hand Mobile Devices - If you’ve bought a pre-owned device, remove the previous owner’s settings and data if this hasn’t already been done. If you’re selling, carry out a reset to prevent others seeing your data. You can find out how to do so from the manufacturer’s website.
Out and about with Connected Devices - If you’re out socialising or staying at a hotel, don’t use public Wi-Fi hotspots if you’re doing anything confidential online as you can’t assume they’re secure. Keep the devices themselves secure as they can make attractive targets for thieves.
Scams - Christmas is a favourite time of year for fraudsters too. Clicking on email attachments or links in unexpected emails, text messages and posts could infect your device with malware and/or compromise your personal or financial security. Unexpected phone calls claiming to be from banks, retailers, parcel firms or software support companies should be treated with caution.
Find out more information on staying safe online this festive season.
You can also access Get Safe Online Resources.
If you think you’ve been a victim of online fraud, report it to Action Fraud, the UK’s national fraud and cybercrime reporting centre - or call 0300 123 20 40.