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Keeping your cool: Protecting yourself against security scams

By Money Matters Team 11/08/2021

Keeping your cool: Protecting yourself against security scams

At long last, summer has arrived! But cybercriminals aren’t taking any time off. Here are our top tips for staying cyber cool this summer:

Watch those waves – be mindful of Wi-Fi connections in public

Everyone loves free Wi-Fi, but like most things, it could come at a much greater cost. Cybercriminals create fake Wi-Fi hotspots that can steal your personal data once you’ve connected to them. So, make sure the connection is legitimate before joining. Or even better, use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to keep your details encrypted and secure.

Phish belong in the ocean, not your inbox

Cybercriminals love sending fraudulent links as much as your boss loves surprise calling you in the middle of the day. It takes a little effort for them to send, but if you click, they could access all your personal or professional information. Watch out for suspicious links and attachments or unexpected urgent calls to action. You can report phishing to report@phishing.gov.uk

Priva-sea matters – own your online presence

Many of us can’t wait to swap meetings on Teams for beach ice creams, but it’s important to think about the information you’re posting online – no matter how instagrammable the photo is. Consider switching your social media settings to private to make sure only people you trust know what you’re up to. This stops criminals learning when you’re out of the house and makes you less of a target.

These are some of the top tips we have for staying cyber cool this summer. Let us know if you have any other suggestions in the comments!

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