As part of Derby County’s ‘Stay Safe. Stay Fit. Stay Connected.’ project, the club is helping to ensure supporters remain ‘Cyber Safe’ during the COVID-19 pandemic.

First up, thanks to the club’s IT Department, we have got details of how to keep your online account(s) secure.

Have More Than One E-Mail Address

One way to remain safe is to have separate e-mail addresses for different things, like online shopping and bill paying, and one for keeping in touch with people or social media.

The overwhelming majority of fraudulent emails are targeting online services like Apple, Amazon, Netflix, PayPal and eBay.

Having separate addresses means you can very quickly ignore ‘billing’ messages sent to the wrong mailbox.

Be Creative With Your Passwords

It is important to avoid anything which can be guessed like names, places and sports teams as your password.

Try to create strong and memorable passwords - use three random words, with numbers, symbols and capital letters.Be creative and use words memorable to you.

Your social media accounts can give away vital clues about yourself, so don’t use words such as your child’s name or favourite sports team on its own. These are easy to guess.

Use as many different passwords as possible and never use the same password for everything, this is so if one of your passwords or accounts are breached you only have one, or a small number of accounts, at risk.

You could use a password manager which can help take away the worry of having so many passwords to remember:,

Use Two Factor Authentication (2FA) Or Multifactor Authentication (MFA) Where Possible.

This is most commonly used with bank accounts, sending a text message code (or a notification to your phone) to make sure it’s you.

Most major services support this feature and you can use Microsoft Authenticator for this, you can download it from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

Below are instructions on how to set this up for the following services:

Microsoft Services




More links and resources to remain ‘Cyber Safe’ can be found by clicking here.

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