Simple tips for improving your online security

UK Government Cyber Aware campaign poster showing ginger cat pointing at laptop screen with the message 'software update'

I’ve been continuing to deliver free digital skills workshops to older Bournville Village Trust residents at Shenley Court Hall. This month’s workshops have focused on staying safe online. Here are some straightforward tips for improving your online security today.

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How to use two factor authentication to protect your accounts from being hacked

Screenshot of FreeOTP app with access codes for online services

A couple of weeks back, I received a nasty shock when Google alerted me to the fact that somebody had tried to gain access to a Gmail account I’d set up for a project five years ago and not used since.

Fortunately, Google’s security system prevented the attacker from accessing my account but the incident nonetheless reminded me of the importance of using two-factor authentication to secure my personal and professional accounts. I’d like to briefly explain what two-factor authentication is, what the benefits (and drawbacks) of it are and how you can apply two-factor to secure your own accounts.

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