Several million cases of fraud and of computer misuse are reported to the police every year. These crimes could have been prevented by making a few small changes in online behaviour.
To avoid becoming a victim of online crime you do not need to be a computer expert. Developing a few good online habits drastically reduces your chances of becoming a victim of cyber-crime, makes you less vulnerable and lets you use the web safely.
Here are our top tips to reduce the risk of a cyberattack
For passwords, try using three unrelated words, e.g., fishbooktable; and think of three different words for each account, so if one is compromised the others are safe
Never give personal or sensitive details out online or over email
Make sure all devices have up-to-date anti-virus software
Keep software and apps regularly updated
Only download from legal, trusted websites
Only open emails and attachments from known and trusted sources only ever use websites that start with https://, however make sure that you are on the correct site by sense-checking the full website address avoid using public Wi-Fi hotspots that are not secure, use your 3/4G data. If you have no choice but to use Public Wi-Fi, then only use it with a Virtual Private Network enabled on your device
Regularly back up your data
Control your social media accounts – regularly check your privacy settings and read up on how your data is being used and shared
Be extremely cautious if you are asked for money
Check out these videos from the Met Police on cyber security