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Top tips on staying secure.

Never give out personal details online.

While this may seem obvious, it's still very common to see people giving out their personal information online. Unfortunately, criminals can use very little information to do a lot of damage, and while there are measures you can take to make sure your valuable data doesn't fall into the wrong hands, it's often better to avoid broadcasting personal data altogether.

Don't use internet banking in public.

It doesn't take much for a criminal to intercept other people's data when using public WiFi spots. Known as a 'Man-In-The-Middle' attack, hackers are able to view any unprotected data a person sends over an internal network. When there isn't anything to stop the hacker from accessing the network, as is the case with public WiFi, a Man-In-The-Middle attack becomes almost inevitable. With this in mind, never do your internet banking while connected to public WiFi.

Look for the lock.

Following on from the attacks described above, it's important to note that any encrypted internet browsing is mainly secure. When a person browses the internet using encryption, anybody listening in will not be able to understand the communication between you and the website. A lot of websites now employ encryption and you don't have to do anything to your computer to enable it. All you have to do is look for the padlock near your browser's web address bar. When you see the padlock, you know you're safe.