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Be Safe Online

Cyber Security Month

October is EU Cyber Security Month. Throughout the month we will be sharing top tips for protecting your home networks and personal information.

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) have a range of resources and publications available to help you detect suspicious activity and put simple measures in place to protect you and your family or business online.

Password Security

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Passwords are often the only barrier between others and your personal information. They need to be strong, secure, random, and managed appropriately. Password re-use is a major problem with many people reusing passwords across multiple online services and accounts.

Breaches of personal customer information happen everyday in companies all over the world. This information can then be attained and abused by criminals in credential stuffing attacks. This usually consists of large-scale automated login requests directed at a variety of web applications such as web access to email - a unique password is crucial for stopping this.

Public/open wifi is also a danger. Users of public wifi cannot be sure who has set it up or who else is connected to it. Using a VPN (Virtual Private Network) service is the most effective way to protect your online activities. A VPN service will encrypt data traveling to and from your laptop or phone, and connects you to a secure server, essentially making it harder for other people on the network, or whoever is operating the network, to see what you're doing or steal your details.

Resources

COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the critical role of the internet in our everyday lives. We can be connected with loved ones in an instant, no matter where they are in the world; businesses can access markets and staff can work remotely; and students have a wealth of information and resources at their fingertips.

At the same time there are risks associated with the online world. Be Safe Online is the government’s campaign to highlight ways to help you stay safe online, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.

These pages offer access to a wide range of online safety resources which are of particular use while so many are working from home.

The National Cyber Security Centre has useful advisories for individuals and businesses on working from home, and COVID-19 cyber security impacts.

Webwise has a wealth of resources and information for parents and kids on staying safe and secure online.

Media Literacy Ireland has guidance on ensuring news and information is accurate and reliable.

Healthy Ireland and the HSE also have resources on healthy online behaviour to protect our wellbeing.

Be Safe Online is the government’s campaign to highlight ways to help you stay safe online.

This webpage provides access to a wide range of Online Safety resources, to support online safety for all.

While Government has an important role, it alone cannot effectively address Online Safety issues.

Industry, educators, parents, and children and young people must all play their part.

Documents

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Working from Home Advisory

Working From Home Security Advice from the National Cyber Security Centre

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Action Plan For Online Safety 2018 - 2019

This plan aims to set out and implement actions that are achievable and which will have the greatest impact on online safety for everyone in Ireland.

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Press Release - Progress Report on Action Plan for Online Safety

The Government has today Tuesday 5th February published the first progress report on the implementation of the Government Action Plan for Online Safety.

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Action Plan for Online Safety 2018 Progress Report

Addressing issues related to online safety involves a wide range of stakeholders and a number of Government Departments.

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Action Plan for Online Safety: 2019 Mid-Year Progress Report

Addressing issues related to online safety involves a wide range of stakeholders and a number of Government Departments.

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