Individuals & Families
Stanford cyber-security advice to protect you and your family, and the technology you rely on.
What is cyber-security?
Cyber security is the means by which individuals and organisations reduce the risk of being affected by cyber crime.
Cyber-security's core function is to protect the devices we all use (smartphones, laptops, tablets and computers), and the services we access online - both at home and work - from theft or damage. It's also about preventing unauthorised access to the vast amounts of personal information we store on these devices, and online.
Cyber-security is important because smartphones, computers and the internet are now such a fundamental part of modern life, that it's difficult to imagine how we'd function without them. From online banking and shopping, to email and social media, it's more important than ever to take steps that can prevent cyber criminals getting hold of our accounts, data, and devices.
Many of us are spending more time online. Keep yourself and your family secure by following this advice.
Straightforward advice for these common issues:
I have been hacked. How do I recover my account? Should I pay a ransom to unlock my computer? My username and password have been stolen. I might have malware on my device. I've received a suspicious email, call or text. I am worried that my banking details have been stolen.
Stay home. Stay connected. Stay Cyber Aware.