Norton: How to Improve the Safety of Your Data, Identity and Devices When You’re Online

Norton: How to Improve the Safety of Your Data, Identity and Devices When You’re Online

In 2015, Norton, who provide internet security to their customers, discovered 430 million new pieces of malware- that’s 36% more than they did the previous year. Cyber criminals are going to greater lengths than ever before to steal the personal data we’d much rather keep private.

As this relatively modern security threat is evolving, thankfully so too are technologies and tactics for ensuring we stay safe online; Beat the bad guys and check out some of our top tips and security products most relevant to you.

I have a maximum of 5 devices connected to the internet:

Norton Security Deluxe 5 Device may be the best option for keeping your devices and personal information safe online. Norton Security Deluxe protects against those nasty viruses, spyware, malware and other online threats, safeguarding your identity and online transactions and protecting your home network with a smart firewall. Additionally, you can expect ‘always there’, 24/7 customer support and a 100% virus protection promise from the moment you subscribe.

You can secure up to five of your PCs, Macs, Smartphones and Tablets with one easy subscription, all managed via an easy-to-use web portal.

Cyber criminals work around the clock (and so does Norton) – Security Deluxe is straight-forward to install and use with the comforting feeling that you and your devices will be supported whenever you have a question, whatever the time of day.

I have kids and want to make sure I can keep them safe online, or I have 10 devices:

Norton Security Premium 10 Device offers all of the great benefits of Norton Security Deluxe but for up to 10 devices, plus it includes premium family safety features so your kids can explore their connected world safely.

Back up your photos and financial files on your Windows PC and get 25 GB of secure cloud storage for your PC with the option to add more as your needs change. So whilst you and your kids are free to enjoy the internet safely, you’ll also have peace of mind that your most precious and private files will always be backed up.

I already have the most relevant technology to protect me. What else can I do to stay safe online?

  1. Stop over-sharing –
    The best question to ask yourself when sharing anything publicly online is “If I met a stranger in the street would I be happy for them to know this?” If the answer is no, then ask yourself whether it really makes sense to share that information online
  2. Review and make use of your privacy settings on social platforms –
    Most websites and social media platforms have different default and optional privacy settings. Before you sign up, make sure you’re comfortable with what you’ll be sharing and once you’re a user, make regular efforts to review the company’s privacy policy, as it may change
  3. Use strong passwords –
    This might seem like an obvious one but many of us still choose passwords that are easy to guess. Choose a mixture of upper case and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols and avoid common words, or words and dates closely related to you. For extra safety and where possible, use a different password for each online account
  4. Watch out for fake profiles that follow you, send you friend requests or connection requests –
    This is a crafty trick that cyber criminals use to obtain your data and become familiar with you and your life. The more they know about you, the easier it is for them to target you. Some indications of a fake profile are duplicated profile of your friends and/or those who have a very small number of connections themselves
  5. Don’t share your passwords with anyone (not even your partner) –
    If you have a very secure password and it never leaves your lips, you dramatically reduce the chances of someone being able to hack your accounts
  6. Be careful using public WiFi networks –
    Unless you have a personal VPN enabled be smart about the kind of things you do whilst connected to public wifi – Reading the news or checking social media (without entering your username and password) is fine but steer clear of banking, shopping or anything else that requires you to enter sensitive data
  7. Speak to your kids –
    Along with built-in parental controls on your security software, ensure you have a conversation with your kids about staying safe online, whether they are gaming, sharing photos, sending messages to friends or people they’ve never met. It’s crucial to make sure you’re fully involved in their digital lives
  8. Be sure you’re clicking on links that lead to legitimate websites –
    There’s a fairly straightforward (but not foolproof) way of doing this; Hover your mouse over the link you’re about to click on- the URL of the site you are about to click on will appear. If it doesn’t look like the one you expect to land on, stay clear. But remember, even legitimate websites can infect your computer and steal your files if they have been hacked, so make sure you have the correct technology to warn and protect you in the event that this happens.

You can find Norton Internet Security 2017 Products at WHSmith here. And if you want to know more about trends in internet security visit Norton’s Cyber Security Insights Report: https://uk.norton.com/cyber-security-insights-2016