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10 tips for greater Internet security

10 tips for greater Internet security



Unfortunately, there is no such thing as 100% security on the Internet. However, you can reduce the likelihood of an attack by following certain principles. The following 10 tips show you how to navigate the Internet more safely.


  1. Protect access to devices

    Use face ID, fingerprint or other types of biometric encryption to lock your smartphone or computer, preventing access to anyone else.

  2. Update software

    Check that you always have the latest versions of apps and programs on your devices, which ensures that they are continually improved. Updates are installed automatically, depending on your settings.

  3. Take a critical approach to websites

    Never disclose personal data on suspicious websites. Websites full of adverts, pop-ups and spelling mistakes are unlikely to be trustworthy.

  4. Only shop in official stores

    Low prices can be tempting but they are often too good to be true. You should only download apps and programs from official sites, such as Google Play or the App Store.

  5. Do not access e-banking on external WLANs

    Do not access your e-banking or personal accounts through a public network (such as in a cafe). Wait to use your own WLAN at home, where you will be protected from unknown access attempts.

  6. Back up data regularly

    Back up regularly and store your photos and videos in a cloud. This ensures that you won’t lose your data if you lose a device and allows you to access it through the Internet (e.g. myCloud).

  7. Use secure passwords

    Protect the data in your customer account with a secure password. A password manager (such as Cyber Identity Security) can help you to remember your passwords.

  8. Take a critical approach to messages

    Beware of fraudulent e-mails and SMS! Fraudsters use phishing and false names to steal personal data. > How to protect yourself from phishing

  9. Double login protection

    Double the protection for your accounts by using two-factor authentication. In addition to the user name and password, you will also be asked for an SMS code. > Activate secure authentication in My Swisscom

  10. Report fraud

    Have you received a fraudulent message or been the victim of a cyber attack? Report your case to the National Cyber Security Centre or get first aid on iBarry.


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