Safety isn't something you just need to think about for your children – adults can also be at risk when online too, particularly from scammers or malware. Thankfully, there are simple steps you can take to minimise these risks.
Protect your PC
Viruses, spyware and malware can cause costly damage to your computer and expose your whole family to unsuitable content. Here some tips to avoid the risks:
Ensure you have good internet security on all your computers or laptops. This needn't be expensive – free software like Microsoft Security Essentials is available to protect your computer.
Avoid file-sharing and downloads from unknown or untrusted sources.
Do not respond to junk mail and use email filters to block spam.
Well known examples of internet-based deception crimes are fake lottery and Nigerian 419 scams. But cybercriminals are continuously looking for new ways to con you out of money or your personal information.
For example, one of the latest internet scams is to pose as a security expert in order to access peoples’ computers and obtain financial details.
Here are some tips on how to spot a scammer:
Always be suspicious of unsolicited calls or emails from people offering help with a security problem, or any other problem with your computer. Reputable companies like Microsoft will never call you in this way or ask for money over the phone related to fixing a computer problem.
Do not go to a website, install software or follow any other instruction from someone who calls you out of the blue.
Do not reveal sensitive personal information, such as your bank or credit card details, to an unsolicited caller.
If you do receive a scam call, take the caller's information and pass it on to your local authorities.