Once you’ve set up strong, separate passwords for all your devices and services, there are other things you can do to reduce your risk of being hacked.
Turn on two-factor authentication (2FA)
Two-factor authentication (2FA) helps to stop hackers from getting into your accounts, even if they have your password.
Some online banking uses 2FA automatically. It does this by asking for more information to prove your identity, such as a code that gets sent to your phone.
How to turn on two-factor authentication (2FA)
You will need to manually turn on 2FA for most of your accounts. Not all accounts will offer 2FA. Online banking uses 2FA automatically.
2FA is also known as two-step verification or multi-factor authentication.
Turn on 2FA for email
- Gmail (opens in a new tab)
- Yahoo (opens in a new tab)
- Outlook (opens in a new tab)
- AOL (opens in a new tab)
Turn on 2FA for social media
- Instagram (opens in a new tab)
- Facebook (opens in a new tab)
- Twitter (opens in a new tab)
- LinkedIn (opens in a new tab)
Update your devices
Out-of-date software, apps, and operating systems contain weaknesses. This makes them easier to hack.
Companies fix the weaknesses by releasing updates. When you update your devices and software, this helps to keep hackers out.
Turn on automatic updates for your devices and software that offer it. This will mean you do not have to remember each time.
Some devices and software need to be updated manually. You may get reminders on your phone or computer. Do not ignore these reminders. Updating will help to keep you safe online.
How to turn on automatic updates
Find out how to turn on automatic updates for:
The post "Improve your online security today " was written and posted by the National Cyber Security Centre. Cyber Aware is the UK government’s advice on how to stay secure online. Learn more about the National Cyber Security Centre