With the election just over a week away, there’s a sense of déjà vu all over again.
With so much to digest, it’s easy to lose track of how much you really need to know to be effective in protecting yourself online.
We’ve compiled a collection of tips for the best way to keep your privacy, whether you’re a consumer, business or government agency.
Read more about how to protect your online life from election interference.
Don’t click through to a website’s “back button” to get to your email account or other content.
This will make it more difficult for your computer to find your password and to identify you online.
In many cases, the site you’re visiting won’t even have your email address.
It’s impossible to know for sure what’s going on with the website until it’s taken down.
This is especially true for sites that rely on ad revenue.
It would be best to check out the page you’re trying to visit and then click the “back” button, as that will get you back to the page in a few seconds.
Use your VPN.
While VPNs aren’t a perfect protection against election interference, they are an excellent way to protect yourself from malware, phishing and hacking attempts.
If you don’t know what type of software you’re using, you may be missing out on important security tips.
To check if your VPN is compatible with your device, go to your VPN provider’s website and check the details.
If it says you can’t use it, check if you can also access it through a browser, such as Firefox or Google Chrome.
Check your spam folder.
Some websites are using a spam folder to collect information on you and send you spam emails.
If that’s the case, check your spam directory regularly and make sure you’re not being targeted by the same people.
Make sure your emails are encrypted.
It may seem like the best thing to do, but using an email client with encryption is a great idea, too.
Encrypting your email can help ensure it’s only ever sent to you.
It will also help ensure your messages are only ever read by the person you’re communicating with.
It can even help protect against spam emails, too, because the messages can’t be read without an email encryption key.
Try to keep emails short.
It’ll help you stay organised, but it can also make it harder for the internet to find you.
If there are lots of emails, try to keep them short, too – if you’re in the habit of sending lots of text messages, try sending a couple of emails at a time instead of one large email.
Use a password manager.
This can help you remember and keep track of all the passwords you use on a daily basis, as well as your passcodes and the login credentials of your social media accounts.
Get a VPN and keep your home internet.
If the internet can’t reach your home, you’ll need to protect it at least on a cellular basis.
The best way for you to do this is with a VPN.
With a VPN, your internet provider will keep your internet connection to your home and will only be able to access your internet at a designated place.
If your home network can’t connect to the internet, you can then switch to a different internet provider, but you’ll have to pay for them, too (and possibly have to upgrade to a new network).
Get your children vaccinated.
Vaccinations can be incredibly important to your health, but not to all children.
The most effective way to ensure your child is vaccinated is to get them vaccinated, especially if you are going to travel.
It also helps protect you and your family from the diseases that might be spread by your neighbours and others.
If someone attempts to log into your account, make sure that your password is strong and unique.
If a person tries to log in again after changing passwords, change them.
If they try again, change it again.
Use the best password manager available.
If one of your passwords doesn’t work, you should be able with a password management tool such as KeePass.
You can use the KeePass to store and manage your passwords, which is handy if someone tries to change them again.
Keep your online banking accounts safe.
If something goes wrong with your online bank account, you could lose your money or get robbed.
Keep a safe place where you can make emergency payments, such the safe of your home.
Change your email settings.
If any of your email passwords, or any of the details you’ve entered in your email, changes, you will need to change your password.
This should only take a few minutes to do.
For example, you might need to update your email to include the words ‘proud’ or ‘I’m proud to be Australian’.