some simple steps that you can take to stay protected when browsing websites online
1. How to spot fake emails
Phishing fraudsters try to obtain your confidential or personal information by sending emails that look genuine, but could ask you to submit details on an unsecure site. Look out for:
• Suspicious addresses – is it from someone who you would normally receive emails from?
• Subject lines – with a sense of alarm e.g. ‘Security Alert’ or ‘Your account will be suspended.’
• Requests for information – genuine companies never email you for User Names, Passwords, Date of Birth or Credit Card details.
• Links within emails – it’s always safer to type web addresses rather than clicking on links.
Top Tip! When viewing an email you can hover over hyperlinks (or buttons) to see the underlying website address (URL.)
2. Protect your PC, mobile or tablet
• Update your browser – newer versions have higher security and some will also warn you when a page you’re visiting is not secure. Check out your browser’s security features to see what they offer.
• Software Updates – use a reputable, up to date security package and run regular scans to keep your system free from Viruses and Malware. Set it to update automatically so you don’t have to remember to do it.
• Use Strong Passwords – create unique passwords that can’t easily be guessed. Avoid common words or people’s names and remember to change your passwords regularly.
Do not use the same password across multiple websites.
Top Tip! Make sure your passwords are at least 8 characters long, a mixture of upper and lower case letters and include some numbers too.