Netsafe’s five online tips to keep you merry and ‘BRITE’

  1. Be careful of oversharing your location when you’re not home: Be wary of sharing anything that lets people know when you’re not at home, such as “checking in” to locations, geotagging or posting holiday photos. Update your privacy settings, so you’re sharing this information with people you trust.
  2. Remember to shop at secure websites: Christmas is a great time to bag a bargain online. Make sure you keep your info protected by shopping at secure websites, and get clued up about shopping online safely.
  3. Install software and system updates: Take the time to update your operating system and any software on your computer/device to protect against malware and viruses.
  4. Think before you open festive emails: Be careful opening festive season ecards or emails, and be especially careful clicking on links. Cyber criminals use these as a way to target innocent people.
  5. Ensure your device is password protected: Protect your personal information by using a strong password and two-factor authentication.