As we spend more and more time online it’s never been more important to make sure that you protect your personal information and your money. Here are eight tips that can help you stay safe online:
3. Never share or hand over your PIN, codes, bank details or passwords with anyone who contacts you through text, email, phone, social media or in person, and don’t write them down. Don’t be fooled by offers of quick cash, as this could make you a Money Mule – watch this film to understand more.
4. Phone organisations directly from the number listed on their website to verify who is contacting you
5. Password protect your devices using random words and include symbols, numbers and capitals and regularly change them. Don’t use the same password for different accounts
6. Limit your online activity when using open public Wi-Fi connections, including logging on to your email, online banking and online shopping
7. Check the web address begins with ‘https’ and that there’s an unbroken padlock symbol in the browser address bar, especially when online shopping. You can hover over links without clicking — the destination will show up
8. Install anti-virus software on your laptop and any other personal devices and then keep it up to date
See some examples of how fraudsters can access your information if you’re not careful on our know your phishing from your smishing page.
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