Keep your software and Operating system updated on your local computer

As tempting as it is to tell your computer to “remind me tomorrow” for updates, best to run these as they appear, as they usually contain important patches and fixes. 

Using a password manager 

It can be hard to keep track of all passwords, and use secure ones at the same time. Using a password manager can help you do this, and even generate secure passwords for you. There are a number of different offerings available, which we’ll let you explore and choose which suits your needs. 

Two factor authentication

Using this helps add an extra layer of security for logging in to your accounts. Usually, if available it can be enabled in settings area. A note - if you ever receive a request to provide the security code in your authenticator app, ignore it, as this is a malicious attempt to get into your account. No one legitimate will ever ask for this. 

Using institution VPN

You can use your institution’s virtual private network for an extra layer of security. If you haven’t used it before, contact your local IT department to learn more. 

Being aware of typos and sources of random requests

In general, be aware of any communications or requests you get asking for personal information, security codes and other sensitive data such as passwords. Legitimate organisations would never ask for your security codes, or contact you unexpectedly to change your password. Usually, these communications (which may look legitimate) have errors such as typos or incorrect email addresses. If you are ever unsure, you can always contact the organisation making the request through their official contact details (such as a general email address or phone number) to double check regarding communications received.