Google’s stay safe online tips

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Google’s stay safe online tips

Google has just released their advice on how to stay safe online.

This year, it seems that Google are pushing to educate Internet users to ensure they stay safe online. Google have now released some security tips to help you better protect yourself, your documents and fend off hackers.

Here are some of Google’s key tips to stay safe online on all devices, browsers and search engines:

1. Keep prying eyes off your device

This refers to when you are using mobile devices (smartphones or tablets). It is very important that you use PIN numbers, passwords or any other security options like fingerprint sensors to keep your devices safe from unwelcome eyes. 

2. Create a better password

Despite seeming very obvious, this is still a huge issue when it comes to online security. You’d be amazed by how bad some people’s passwords really are. Ideally, every account you have should have a different password, you may think this will be too confusing or hard to remember but there are some great password managers like LastPass or even Google Chrome itself (see point 3).

If you aren’t sure if your password is strong enough, here’s a helpful guide to strength your passwords.

3. Let your browser manage your passwords

If you follow Google’s advice and have different passwords and username for all your different accounts, Google Chrome gives you the option to remember your log in details, enabling them to log you in automatically.

4. Protect your account from hackers

Google suggest you use the two-step verification, this means you will be sent a verification code (usually to your mobile) which double checks you are who you say you are.

5. Keep the hackers out by updating your browser

Update reminders drive us all mad, but these updates are a vital part of keeping you safe online. Old browser versions may have security holes so try to update your software as soon as it is available.

For the Google full security list on how to protect yourself online, visit Google Stay Safe Online page. 

Luke Stanley