Stay Safe online

Stay safe online: During the current crisis while we are staying mostly at home, for many of us, online communication, video calls and online shopping have become even more important. Unfortunately the criminal fraternity also know this and are targeting vulnerable people with online fraud attempts.

Between 1 Feb 2020 and 18 Mar 2020, Coronavirus related fraud increased by 400%

Here is some advice to help keep you safe. It all comes from a presentation by Avon & Somerset Police. For some further information, see the National Cyber Security Centre and Lifewire or click on the carrier pigeon. Also, see a summary from Avon & Somerset Police Tips

RiskLikely SourceAdvice
Scam messagesEmails, texts, social networksNEVER click on links in unexpected messages and NEVER respond to requests for personal or financial information. Here are some examples of fraudulent emails: Example Fraud Emails
"Phishing"Phone calls or messages* Don't be rushed, genuine callers won't mind waiting * Don't assume any call is genuine * If in doubt, ring back on a number you know and trust * Listen to your instincts, if it feels wrong, it probably is * Have the confidence to refuse requests for information
MalwareInternet use* Always change the default password on your router * Choose strong passwords (3 random words strung together are strong and easier to remember) * Run software updates regularly, if you can
Online ShoppingQuestionable online retailersOnly buy from reputable online retailers, Don't buy things online that seem to be sold out everywhere else, Never send money upfront to someone you don't know