How to stay safe online

It’s important that you know how to keep yourself safe online. The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) provides lots of helpful advice to protect you and your family.

Basics on how to stay safe online

  • Use secure passwords and do not share them with anyone else. Passwords are like keys to your house. If you give them to someone they can use them to get hold of your personal information.
  • Do not share your bank or debit card details until you know how to shop online safely.
  • Do not share any personal information, like your name or address, with people you don’t know. The people you know shouldn’t need to ask you for this information.
  • You should never post messages or photos of other people without their permission.

Shopping online

This online shopping guide will keep you safe from fraudsters whilst you get the best deals.  

Find out more about the tactics and techniques scammers use to defraud Scottish consumers

Video Calls 

Many people use video calls to stay in touch with family and friends. The National Centre for Cyber Security (NCSC) have guidance on how to do video calls safely.

Donating to charities 

This guide will help to ensure you donate your money to charities not criminals.  

Gaming Guidance  

New console? Enjoy gaming securely & protect your privacy with a few simple tips

Keep learning about how to stay safe online

Learn My Way has a short course for anyone who’s new to the internet. It covers some of the basics of staying safe online.

BT Skills for Tomorrow has detailed information on how to stay safe online and keep children safe online.