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You can enjoy the benefits of living life online, by simply staying in control of who can access your information when you’re connected to the internet.
Set up the basic computer security
- Choose a reputable Internet Service Provider (ISP) to provide your internet access.
- Keep your operating system up-to-date by switching on automatic updates and install them as soon as they become available. Check out Microsoft Download Centre or Apple security updates pages.
- Always type the address of the site (the URL) you want to visit in the browser’s address bar, especially when you want to shop and bank online.
- Keep your computer’s security software up-to-date, including anti-virus, anti-spyware, anti-spam and firewall products.
Review your browser settings
Use a supported browser
It’s best to use the latest version of a web browser, as these will have the latest security features.
If you’re banking or shopping online, it’s worth checking if the site supports the browser you’re using to make sure you’re getting the highest level of security encryption.
Here’s a list of our technical requirements to help you use our site and bank safely online.
Get warnings when accessing secure and unsecure web pages
Only access secure sites when shopping or banking online. You can set up your browser settings to prompt you every time you leave a secure site. Go to your browser’s Help menu to find out how.
Clear your history, cache and cookies
To help your browser work better (and for security) you should clear your cache periodically. Also, for privacy reasons, you might want to clear your cache, cookies and history manually. This is always recommended if you’re using a computer in a shared public space like internet cafes, hotels or airport lounges. Go to your internet browser’s security or safety settings to choose options to clear your cache.
Make sure you’re in the right place
The safest way to access a site is to type the address into your browser. Following a link may lead you to a fake website designed to trick you into entering personal details.
Look for the green padlock and https (the s is for secure) in the URL address bar when using shopping or banking sites. See the image below to help you identify a secure website.