Cyber Security: Safe internet habits
Fri, 28 Feb 2020

The web is a fantastic tool, but is also one of the biggest sources of IT security threats.

There are plenty of things you can do to avoid being caught out by threats on the internet:

  • You should look for a padlock and 'https' within the web address
  • If it is possible, you should verify the website by validating the certificate. You can do this by clicking on either the padlock or 'information' icon to check that the site is legitimate. The web address should correspond to the name of the organisation on the certificate. You should also check that there is also a valid date on the certificate
  • You should be careful when entering personal or financial information on a website. You should make sure that the website is trustworthy before entering any information
  • Be careful when clicking on links within emails. Often cyber criminals will disguise a web address, making it look authentic. Top tip: hovering over the link within the email should display the actual web address at the bottom of the page. If you are unsure, it is best to manually input the web address to get to the website
  • You should be careful when clicking on internet banners, which is a form of advertising on a web page; and pop-ups, as they could potentially download malware (malicious software).

For more information please see the ICT Security intranet page.


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