Tips for Staying Safe Online
- Make sure you download all software updates as they contain vital security updates to help protect your devices from cyber criminals.
- Turn on two-factor authentication on your email to make sure your data is secure.
- If you believe you’ve fallen for a scam, contact your bank immediately on a number you know to be correct.
- Question claims that you’re due money for goods or services that you haven’t ordered or are unaware of, especially if you have to pay any fees upfront.
- Question uninvited approaches and contact companies directly using a known email or phone number.
- Have different passwords for all your accounts/systems.
- Use three random words in your passwords e.g. Redhousemonkey27.
- NEVER include personal details in your passwords e.g. your partners name, pets name or date of birth.
- If you are in doubt, call it out- if you are uncertain about an email you receive report it or delete it.
- To spot a phishing email look for urgent calls to action, generic address e.g. dear friend, poor quality images and spelling mistakes.
- Most websites, apps and social networks you can share information on have ‘privacy settings’. Use these to help you control what and who you share it with.
- Don’t accept people you don’t know on your social media accounts.
SMS (Text Messages)
- There has been an increase in criminals using text messages to scam consumers. Please always refrain from clicking on any links contained within text messages.
- If you suspect a spam text you can report it to your mobile network provider by forwarding it.