Top tips for reducing the risk of a cyberattack

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

Service Desk

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Dated: Monday 16 May 2022
Submitted by: Roehampton News