Use Se­cure Net­works

Consumer Voice - - Focus -

It’s good to be ex­tra care­ful when­ever you go on­line us­ing a net­work you don’t know or trust – like us­ing the free Wi-Fi at your lo­cal cafe.

Keep Your De­vice Clean

If you’re get­ting redi­rected from Google or see­ing pop-up ads, un­wanted tool­bars, or strange Google search re­sults, your com­puter may have mal­ware. Mal­ware is soft­ware de­signed to dam­age and take con­trol of your com­puter. Here are some tips to keep your sys­tem clean. Tip 1: Keep your browser and op­er­at­ing sys­tem upto-date. Most op­er­at­ing sys­tems will let you know you when it’s time to upgrade – don’t ig­nore th­ese mes­sages. Old ver­sions of soft­ware can some­times have se­cu­rity prob­lems that crim­i­nals can use to eas­ily get to your data. Tip 2: Keep an eye on what you click and down­load. With­out mean­ing to, you may click a link that in­stalls mal­ware on your com­puter. To keep your com­puter safe, only click links and down­loads from sites that you trust. Don’t open any un­known file types, or down­load pro­grams from pop-ups that ap­pear in your browser.

Pre­vent Cy­ber­crime

The Web can be a great place, but not ev­ery­one on­line has good in­ten­tions. Here are three sim­ple ways to avoid scam­mers and stay safe on the Web:

Tip 1:

Beware of strangers bear­ing gifts. A mes­sage is prob­a­bly up to no good if it con­grat­u­lates you for be­ing a web­site’s mil­lionth vis­i­tor, of­fers a tablet com­puter or other prize in ex­change for com­plet­ing a sur­vey, or pro­motes quick and easy ways to make money or get a job (‘get rich quick work­ing from your home in just two hours a day!’). If you see a mes­sage from some­one you know that doesn’t seem like them, their ac­count may have been com­pro­mised by a cy­ber crim­i­nal who is try­ing to get money or in­for­ma­tion from you – so be care­ful how you re­spond. Com­mon tac­tics in­clude ask­ing you to ur­gently send them money, claim­ing to be stranded in an­other coun­try, or say­ing that their phone has been stolen so that they can­not be called. The mes­sage may also tell you to click on a link to see a pic­ture, ar­ti­cle, or video, which ac­tu­ally leads you to a site that may steal your in­for­ma­tion – so think be­fore you click! Tip 2: Do your re­search. When shop­ping on­line, re­search the seller and be wary of sus­pi­ciously low prices—just like you would if you were buy­ing some­thing at a lo­cal store. Scru­ti­nise on­line deals that seem too good to be true. No one wants to get tricked into buy­ing fake goods. Peo­ple who prom­ise nor­mally non-dis­counted ex­pen­sive prod­ucts or ser­vices for free or at 90 per cent off likely have ma­li­cious in­tent. If you use Gmail, you may see a warn­ing across the top of your screen if you’re look­ing at an email that the Gmail sys­tem says might be a scam – if you see this warn­ing, think twice be­fore re­spond­ing to that email. Tip 3: Don’t get phished. Phish­ing is when you get an email or a so­cial me­dia mes­sage that looks like it’s com­ing from a le­git­i­mate place such as a bank or so­cial

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