A timely reminder about online security

Although it’s probably not as exciting as taking a selfie or playing online roulette, there are few things more important in the digital domain than security.

It’s an astonishing fact that around 30,000 websites are hacked every day, and as we use our digital devices to conduct an ever-growing range of tasks from personal relationships to eCommerce and online gaming, it’s always a good idea to have a reminder about some of these top security tips.

Don’t leave devices unattended

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Perhaps the most simple act of all is to ensure that you never leave your mobile or laptop unattended. When out and about, it’s also relatively simple to set up a quick passcode to stop any potential thief from accessing your personal details, even if they are successful in stealing your device.

Change passwords

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Setting up a passcode is easy enough, but remembering to change it every now and then is always a good idea. This is why events such as World Password Day have been set up to remind us as to the importance of this simple security tool. And although changing your password is good practice, a strong password is always better than an often-changed weak one, so remember to mix up your letters, numerals and punctuation, and try to avoid using any word found in a dictionary.

Reputable sites

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Whilst we can take time in setting up a hacker-proof password, it’s also important to consider which sites we visit so as to ensure our online safety. Despite high-profile sites like Sony Playstation Network being hacked, there are a few measures which can be undertaken such as checking to see if a site’s address features ‘https’ in the browser navigation bar, and an SSL certificate that looks like a small padlock logo is also a good sign. Even online casinos have done much to ensure safer games of roulette, slots and blackjack through sites such as Lucky Nugget Casino that have implemented 128-bit encryption for their casino games so as to allow for safer and more successful gaming.

Check Wi-Fi

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Even the connection that you conduct your online affairs on should also be considered. Whilst your home Wi-Fi is probably not at risk as long as you have a decent password installed, when using a Wi-Fi connection in shared public spaces, it’s always best to err on the side of caution. This is because an unsecured Wi-Fi spot can allow a digital eavesdropper to see a surprising amount of information regarding your web activity.

So whether you’re using your digital device to play online roulette games or just chat with your friends, be sure to keep your anti-malware and anti-virus software updated, and constantly be on guard against the evermore complex threat from the online hacker.