From virus protection to safe passwords: How BT can help you stay safe online

Learn how to stay safe online with these useful tips on cybersecurity.

Last updated: 30 January 2019 - 10.38am

There are plenty of perils and pitfalls that you can fall into online, from giving out your personal information to the wrong person to downloading something dubious. BT customers receive safer-as-standard Broadband which includes access to brilliant extras including BT Web Protect, BT Virus Protect, BT Parental Controls and True Key.

Read on to find out more about how these services can protect you online and how you can protect yourself.

1: Avoid using personal information as your password. For example: your date of birth or other significant personal dates, the names of people close to you or your place of birth. These are easier for people to guess than you might think.

2: If you’re really stuck for password ideas, choose something random, but memorable and change components of the word to include a variation of lower case letters, number and symbols

3: Change your passwords regularly. Check out the video below to find out more.

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4: Use our premium True Key password manager to generate strong and unique passwords, and to automatically log in to your apps and websites. It’s free for all broadband customers, worth £99.95/year. Get True Key.

5: There are lots of options for protecting your mobile device, from passcodes to facial and fingerprint recognition. Make sure you use one of these to secure your mobile device.

6: Your mobile phone, tablet and any other digital devices are just as vulnerable to cyber threats as your computer, so you need to protect them too. BT offers protection for up to 15 devices with its BT Virus Protect anti-virus software. Get BT Virus Protect.

7: You probably make sure you get regular MOTs for your car and check-ups with your dentist, so make sure you do this for your digital devices. Keep your firewall updated and scan for software vulnerabilities with BT Virus Protect, it pays in the long term. Get BT Virus Protect.

8: Make use of the delete button. If you are forwarded a suspicious email don’t forward it to others – even if it appears to come from a friend or relative.

9: If your digital device is compromised you can still keep hold of all of your treasured memories and important information if you back up your data to an external hard drive or to your BT Cloud.

10: Give yourself peace of mind that your children will be protected from viewing inappropriate or distressing materials online by setting your BT Parental Controls. You can choose between light, moderate and strict settings and can also customise the controls for your family – including different filters for different times of day and for different users. Activate BT Parental Controls.

[Read more: Stay safe with BT Parental Controls]

11: Similarly, why not switch on BT Web Protect which will warn you or anyone connecting to the internet via your BT Smart Hub or through any one of our 5m BT Wi-Fi hotspots, before going through to a known phishing or malware site.

12: Both BT Parental Controls and BT Web Protect, take just a couple of minutes and a few clicks of the mouse to set up. There are no downloads and it couldn’t be easier to make sure your children are protected online.

13: Although BT Web Protect warns you before you visit a phishing website, if you do receive an email that appears to be from your bank but you are uncertain whether it is legitimate, call them to check before clicking any links or handing over your personal information. Activate BT Web Protect.

14: Keep your social media profiles protected by updating your privacy settings and limiting the amount of personal information others can see.

15: Never give out your passwords over the phone – no bank or utility provider will ever ask you for this on the phone. If someone requests this information, it is a scam call.

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