Stay cyber safe – protect your personal information

Be cyber savvy

Today, more and more people have turned to technology to live their lives. Remote working, new technologies and smart phones are, in many ways, making our lives easier than ever, but they are also adding new layers of complexity when it comes to online security and safety.

And whilst we’re all either working in the office or remotely, so too unfortunately, are the cyber-criminals across the world.

That’s why we think it’s so important to raise awareness about cyber fraud and to encourage our customers to take some simple steps to keep their computers, phones and personal data safe from online fraudsters.

After all, prevention is always better than cure!

Three simple steps to safety:

1. Be extra cautious

Phishing and spoof emails can often jump on the back of trending issues – like COVID-19 – so it’s vital that you’re really careful about clicking on suspicious emails asking you to provide information and personal data.

These scam emails can often claim to be from government departments, banks or other trusted organisations, sometimes offering payments or fines related to the coronavirus outbreak, so simply be extra cautious when entering your personal data anywhere online.

2. Protect yourself against threats and viruses

In order to give yourself the best protection possible against potential phishing attacks, it’s key that you have up to date malware and virus detection protection. If you’re unsure what this is speak to a trusted friend or family member or look online as there is lots of useful information. To ensure you have the latest software and app updates, there’s some useful information here.

3. If in doubt, take a minute

If you think that an SMS, email or website seems suspicious; if something comes out of the blue or sounds too good to be true….then take a moment to stop and think. Cyber criminals can be experts at impersonating people and organisations, so follow this advice – Take Five to Stop Fraud.
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