01 Nov 6 tips for staying safe online
As times get tough with the cost-of-living crisis, sadly we’re hearing about more online scams as cyber criminals cash in to rip off the less tech savy. Here are a few tips we’ve found to help keep you safe online.
- Keep your computers and mobile devices up to date. Having the latest security software, web browser, and operating system are the best defences against viruses, malware, and other online threats. Turn on automatic updates so you receive the newest fixes as they become available.
- Set strong passwords. A strong password is at least eight characters in length and includes a mix of upper and lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters where possible.
- Watch out for phishing scams. Phishing scams use fraudulent emails and websites to trick users into disclosing private account or login information. Do not click on links or open any attachments or pop-up screens from sources you are not familiar with.
- Keep personal information personal. Hackers can use social media profiles to figure out your passwords and answer those security questions in the password reset tools. Lock down your privacy settings and avoid posting things like birthdays, addresses, mother’s maiden name, etc. Be wary of requests to connect from people you do not know.
- Secure your internet connection. Always protect your home wireless network with a password. When connecting to public Wi-Fi networks, be cautious about what information you are sending over it.
- Shop safely. Before shopping online, make sure the website uses secure technology. When you are at the checkout screen, verify that the web address begins with https. Also, check to see if a tiny locked padlock symbol appears on the page.
When it comes to purchasing Mobility equipment there are lots on on-line sellers but it’s important to remember to get properly fitted by an expert before you buy. We always measure you up for your comfort and to promote better posture. Poorly fitting equipment like walkers, rollators, scooters and Rise and Recline chairs can actually do more harm than good, resulting in pressure sores, discomfort, poor posture and transferred pain. We’ll even come out to your home to take measurements and will ask you about your lifestyle to make sure we’re recommending the best products for you without the hard sell and you can test the products before you buy!