Dorset Police Cyber Crime Unit have kindly put together their top tips for this ever growing problem.
Cyber Crime Prevention Top Tips
- Backup your files and data to external hard drives, the cloud and don’t forget to back up your phone regularly.
- Check that a websites address is genuine by looking for misspellings.
- Use 3G/4G for confidential browsing instead of free public WiFi.
- Do not enter personal information on a website that has no padlock in the browser or https:// at the beginning of the web address.
- Always ensure you are running the latest version of your chosen browser.
- Ensure you have effective and updated Anti-Virus software and firewall running before you go online. Do not install 2 Anti-Virus programs as they will conflict.
- Be aware of USBs containing malware that can run without your knowledge.
- Use strong and random passwords/passphrases i.e. use at least 10 characters, include numbers and letters, both upper and lower case.
- Different site – different password.
- Use a password manager to remember all your passwords.
- Use multi factor authentication.
- Delete and block spam/junk emails. Be careful when opening attachments or using internet downloads and don’t click on links in emails from unknown senders.
- Change your default WiFi passwords
- Especially if you run a business, make sure you double check who is sending you invoices and where they want the money sent.
- Make sure your internet browser and any plug-ins are updated (e.g. Flash, Java, Silverlight).
- Use reputable companies when shopping online.
- Use secure payment methods, such as PayPal or credit cards for online purchases.
- Be aware of scams: criminal gangs operate scams and use the internet to defraud people and businesses, i.e. asking for money to pay for travel, finance a sick relative, or winning the lottery.
- Protect your identity online and beware of social engineering. Remember if you share any pictures or information with anyone online you will lose control of it and could be used in attacks such as trying to guess your passwords.
- Take 5 minutes to think when about to send a large amount of money online. Is everything adding up as it should?
- Report any suspicious activity to Action Fraud
If you have any specific questions relating to this subject please email [email protected]