Follow these tips to keep your online accounts safe from hackers

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Sadly, most us accept that some of our personal data is already in the hands of people we may not desire, thanks in the main part, to companies failing to protect their systems from hackers.

Luckily, there are still lots of things that you can do to try and increase the security of your financial information. Here are just a few of our simple tips.

Make sure that your mobile is properly secured

A lot of information is stored on our mobile devices. For iPhone users this means turning off Siri when the device is locked. Also, use a password rather a four or six digit numerical passcode. It is wise to make sure that you can wipe all the information off your device if it is lost or stolen.

Two-factor authentication

This often involves a random, unique security code being sent to your device that is automatically generated. This is used in addition to your regular password and therefore makes cybertheft far harder, although of course, it doesn’t eliminate it completely.

Use strong passwords

Try and make your passwords as long as possible, 12-14 characters containing upper and lower case letters, numbers and special characters. Also consider using three random words with numbers, which will be easy for you to remember but difficult for someone else to guess. Use a password manager to manage all your online accounts.

Always update software and Operating System at the first opportunity

It is something that we are continually stressing, but large organisations such as Google, Apple and Microsoft have dedicated teams continually working to removing vulnerabilities.

Use secure WiFi connections

Never use open networks where a hacker could potential see every keystroke. Only use those with custom ID’s and not ones that are system default. Purchasing a subscription to paid hotspot is a far better option is you do need to use your laptop or mobile whilst travelling.

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