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Travel used to be about getting away from it all — your phone, mail, work. Now mobile devices and public Wi-Fi keep us connected while we’re away from home. But that doesn’t mean it’s safe to use public Wi-Fi hotspots during your trip. In fact, using unsecured free public Wi-Fi anywhere is extremely dangerous to your information and your identity.
Social media use has become synonymous with travel—people are constantly posting holiday snaps on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and a multitude of other social platforms. As fun as it may be to let the world know the exciting experiences you’re having, it’s still important to consider the safety aspect of using social media no matter if you are home or abroad. Here’s our essential tips for safe social media use:
Avoid the dangers of free Wi-Fi by taking some easy steps to keep you secure.
Keeping safe online is a big deal. While we all want to take it seriously, sometimes the vocabulary can be very complicated—especially if you’re not the most tech savvy. What exactly do all those phrases mean?
Malware is created by hackers and is often distributed over the internet. While many people are considerate of malware as a threat to their desktop computer or laptop, they tend to be more lax when it comes to their tablets and smartphones – which means mobile devices are ripe for the picking when it comes to identity theft, stolen personal information, emptied bank accounts, and viruses meant to break the device in question.
What types of mobile malware exist?
When you hear about spies you might think of the super slick James Bond and one of his many catchphrases. We’re usually pretty relaxed about installing apps on our phones but did you know that your phone could be hijacked and taken over by a spy?
Shaken not stirred, right?
It’s that time of the year when we catch up with family and friends to celebrate the festive season. It’s a busy time for most and probably more than once you’ll find yourself connecting to free Wi-Fi whether it’s in a café, restaurant or shopping mall. But did you know most public Wi-Fi networks are unsecure and could pose a threat to the security risk to your sensitive data or identity?
As the most popular travel days of the year approach, many holiday travelers are creating mental checklists for navigating busy airports on their journey home — most likely with their trusty mobile devices in hand and laptops in their bags. To save fliers the headache and heartbreak of having their devices compromised en route to Christmas with the family, here’s a handy checklist to keep smartphones, tablets, and laptops safe while spending time in an airport.
Online socialising has revolutionized how we communicate but it has its pro’s and con’s. While it has opened a whole new dimension and convenience to our lifestyles, it unfortunately has some unpleasant effects too...
You’ve probably seen them lurking in your news feeds- breaking news reporting a celebrity’s death, photos of natural disasters striking major cities, video footage of riots and outrage over an accidental shooting- all seemingly legitimate news stories. However, this “news” may not be what it seems.
Public Wi-Fi is available just about everywhere, from the local coffee shop to the hotels and airports you visit while traveling. Wi-Fi has made our lives a little easier, but it also poses security risks to the personal information available on our laptops and smartphones. Here is a helpful list of dos and don’ts you should follow if you plan to use public Wi-Fi.
It’s the time of year when schools return for classes and the summer holidays seem a distant memory away. It might be back to the usual routine but if you’re the type of person that likes to grab that last minute getaway travel deal we’re sharing five of our best life hacks with you to make sure you get the most from your tech while away from home.
With 1.5 billion users on Facebook, 1000 million on WhatsApp, 400 million on Instagram and 320 million on Twitter…and growing, it’s fair to say that social networking has been globally embraced. As social media becomes chocked with our daily lives and personal information, it’s important to think about social safety for you and those you care for.
The internet is a wonderful resource that’s full of information, entertainment and funny cat pictures but it can also be a dark place if you stray off the path or run into digital criminals. Unfortunately, anywhere that attracts lots of people will inevitably attract criminals who see these users as potential victims.
Instagram accounts are being hacked and used to lure other users to adult “dating” websites, while earning money for the scammers. Read how to protect yourself.
There’s nothing quite like the feeling of grabbing a great bargain online but have you ever stopped to think whether that ridiculously unbelievable knock-down price is really saving you money in the long run?
After working hard all year, taking a holiday is one of those moments you get to relax. We pack our lives into a suitcase, looking forward to that worry free time.
And more often than not we’re accompanied by at least one of our devices on our travels. Understanding how best to protect your devices from all kinds of threats is pretty important but did you know there are some extra precautions you can take when you’re travelling with a smartphone, tablet or laptop?
In today’s world, parents have to worry about much more than protecting their children from harm in public settings.
Cybercrime may sound like something that only happens to big corporations or super-secret government agencies, but it happens all the time to regular people and their families.
Cybercriminals use the internet to attack you (or other people) for their financial gain. It can be difficult to guarantee that your family is protected but there are some simple things you can do to keep them as safe as possible.
Protecting your family from online threats and the dark side of the web may seem like a daunting task but you don’t need to pull your hair out just yet.
If you read any of the many horror stories about online safety you’ll want to wrap your kids up in cotton wool and ban them from the internet until they’re 35.
How do you create a strong password? It is vitally important that you secure your online accounts with strong passwords that are difficult for any would be cyber-criminal to guess or 'crack'.
Here is a handy infographic with some 'golden rules' for creating a strong password! Feel free to download (right click, and then 'save image'), or click on the icons above to share on social media.
Christmas and the holiday season is almost here, which means that many of us will be shopping online to avoid large crowds and the hustle and bustle on the streets and in the shops.
All the way back in 2013, uSwitch.com did a survey where they discovered that nearly one in 10 kids get their first mobile phone by the time they turn the ripe old age of five. If that seems very young, you’ll be relieved to know that the average age for a first phone was a more reassuring 11.
With a purported two billion people set to be using smartphones by the end of 2016, smartphone security has never been more essential. As the smartphone market grows, the risk of attack becomes greater, as increasing amounts of personal and professional information are stored on these devices, which fraudsters aim to use for their own gain.
Did you know you can use your iPad to potty-train your kids? Numerous potty training apps exist, with a potty-attachable stand available to prop the iPad in front of your toddler.
A computer virus is part of a type of software called malware. Viruses embed copies of themselves in host programs, and use these to spread from one computer to another.
Viruses aim to interfere with your computer’s system and ‘go viral’ – spreading to other computers. Depending on their severity, they may cause annoyance, disrupt operations, access your email and use it to get on to other computers, delete or corrupt files or software, steal information and even erase your hard drive. If your computer starts to behave oddly – freezing, crashing, running slowly or taking longer than usual to respond – you may have a virus.
We’re only human and have a natural tendency to trust others – particularly those in positions of authority. This is true of our behaviour on the Internet as well as in real life. Unfortunately, this quality makes us vulnerable to the tricks of creative cybercriminals. Scareware is a common method such crooks use to defraud us – taking advantage of our trust, our lack of technical understanding and our need to feel safe.
And it can be very persuasive. Just recently, the fake AntiVirus for Android™ app was downloaded from the Google Play Store more than a million times before being discovered and removed.
The best way to protect ourselves and our families from these scams is to be aware of them and know how to deal with them.
Want to know how to spot scareware and avoid becoming a victim? Then read on.
Mobile banking is convenient, simple, fast and flexible – allowing us to access our accounts 24/7 and on the go. We can pay bills, move funds, buy stuff, check our account balance, deposit money and request emergency cash without even setting foot inside our bank’s physical building. With our smartphones and tablets, we can carry our virtual banks in our pockets wherever we go.
But along with this convenient money management comes added risk. Criminals previously had to physically break into banks directly to take our money. Now it’s easier for them to target us, the customers, instead – aiming to defraud us, steal our identities and siphon funds from our accounts.
If you use mobile banking, you need to protect both your phone and your financial information from hackers, identity thieves and malware. We’ll show you how to do this simply with these five tips for safer mobile banking.
We all love a good bargain, and the internet is a handy tool for comparing products and services and potentially making savings in both time and money. According to the Centre for Retail Research ecommerce is the most rapidly expanding retail market in Europe, and the British are the biggest-spending online shoppers: UK online sales grew by 15.8 per cent last year (2014), from £38.83bn in 2013 to £44.97bn.
However, there are a few pitfalls it pays to consider before starting your online shopping spree. Cybercriminals use a lot of different methods to exploit online payments, aiming to get hold of your personal data and lighten your wallet, or simply make money out of you by persuading you to click links. Follow our top tips for safer online shopping, and you’ll reduce the risks of paying out more than you intend when buying online.
Bullying – it’s an age-old problem. But it’s one that’s found a new lease of life on the Internet. Thanks to our ‘always on’ mobile technology and our enthusiasm for sharing everything without care, cyberbullying has found the perfect home online. Cyberbullies can hide behind the anonymity of the Internet, and reach their target easily at almost any time and from anywhere, while broadcasting to a potentially limitless audience.
As #BetaParents, we are the first generation of parents to raise children in the all-digital world; responsible for keeping them safe online.
Learn more about teaching your children healthy online habits with our free guide. CLICK HERE for the guide.
Of course, we’re talking about web cookies here – not the furry blue Sesame Street Muppet. Web cookies, unlike the treat-loving Cookie Monster, follow your movements on the Internet, collecting and storing information about you. No need to panic though: for the most part, cookies are intended to enhance and customise your browsing experience and are as harmless as the fluffy puppet.
However, because they can collect sensitive personal data, tracking cookies are sometimes considered to be a potential privacy concern. Continue reading to find out all about cookies: what they are, what they do and how you can manage them.
Do you know who your son is gunning away with in Call of Duty? What information are your kids giving away about themselves? And what can you, as a parent, do about it?
Read on for 10 top tips you can follow to help keep your child safe online.
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