Cybercrime is an ever-increasing problem, affecting individuals and businesses alike. No one is safe from the would-be tricksters.
Beware of Phishing Scams
Don’t know the sender of an email you just received? Do not open any links and delta the message.
Similarly, if you receive a text about a delivery for an order you never made then proceed with caution. Check Royal Mail for any scams they’re currently aware of and do not click aunty links unless you are sure about the origin of the text.
Never use public Wi-Fi to access personal or financial information
It seems like an obvious one but always ensure you’re using a secure connection whenever you’re accessing personal data.
Update your security software
Yes, we know we say this all the time but honestly it needs repeating! This goes for all your devices.
Change your passwords
Another obvious one but many of us are guilty of reusing the same passwords for multiple online accounts or using easy to guess passwords and PINs. Consider using a password manager to help keep track of all your passwords and important information- check out PPC Mag’s comprehensive list here.
Turn off GPS, Bluetooth and other tracking apps when you’re not using them
Would-be hackers can use these features to track your location and access other information so only turn them on when you need them.
Keep an eye on your accounts
If you see any unusual charges on your bank or credit card accounts report them immediately.
- Backup your data
- Only download apps from trustworthy sources (Google Play Store/Apple’s App Store)
If you do fall victim to a phishing scam or malware attack, make sure you contact your bank and get any compromised accounts frozen or cancelled.
Contact us if you need any further help checking your devices are safe to use or advice about keeping your devices safe this Halloween and beyond.