Date Published: 01/05/2021 09:51
With cyber crime increasing over the last year, our director of operations Keeley Woodcock looks at how you can stay safe online.
The last year has been notable for many things, and one of them, sadly, has been the swift increase in cybercrime with criminals targeting the lonely and vulnerable.
An example of this, the BBC reported recently that romance fraud – cheating someone out of money by pretending to want a relationship – had risen about 20 per cent in 2020 compared to the previous year.
With technology changing all of the time we seem to be increasingly banking online – whether on our PCs, tablets or on our mobile phones. The ‘scams’ are getting increasingly complex and believable; the good old days when a general in an African army offered to deposit £30m in your bank account are long gone…
So, how can we protect ourselves? With online fraud now a recognised career path in most parts of the world, what simple steps can we take to make sure our data stays safe online?
Here are my five simple tips to help our clients do just that:
Banks and financial institutions are doing their best to help – and yes, we all lose patience with their seemingly endless checks sometimes. But in the final conclusion, it is up to us to protect our online data. Hopefully the four points above will help you do that.
The last one! It’s simple. Common sense, constant attention – and remembering that if something looks too good to be true then it almost certainly is too good to be true. Which brings us full circle to the African general and his thirty million dollars…
Take care and stay safe online.
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