Cybercrime - How to stay secure online
Fraud and cybercrime are the most common criminal offences in the UK. Analysis of Action Fraud reports showed that 86% of frauds had a cyber element to them. As the threat from cyber crime continues to grow and evolve, it’s important to remember one thing - most of it can be prevented. By following just a few quick and simple steps, you can make it harder for cyber criminals to get into your devices and online accounts. Here’s what you need to do:
Install the latest software and app updates: Cyber criminals exploit weaknesses in software and apps to attack your devices and steal your identity. Software and app updates are designed to fix these weaknesses and installing them as soon as possible will keep your devices secure.
Protect your email account by using a strong and separate password: Cyber criminals can use your email account to access many of your personal accounts and find out sensitive personal information, such as your bank details, address or date of birth.
Having a strong, separate password for your email means that if cyber criminals steal the password for one of your less important accounts, they can’t use it to access your email account.
Enable two-factor authentication (2FA) on your email account: 2FA is the single best thing you can do to improve the security of your important online accounts, such as your email.
Accounts with 2FA enabled require you to verify your identity using your password (first factor), as well as a randomized 6-digit code (second factor) that’s delivered by your mobile phone. If your password is stolen, they still need your phone. If your phone is stolen, they still need your password.
For up-to-date instructions on how to enable 2FA, visit https://www.telesign.com/turnon2fa/tutorials/
Use a password manager: Reusing the same password across multiple accounts can be dangerous. A cyber criminal might steal one of your passwords, and then use it to try and access other accounts. This means they could quickly break into several of your accounts despite only knowing one password. A password manager is an app on your phone, tablet or computer that stores your passwords securely, so you don’t need to remember them all.
Secure smartphones and tablets with a screen lock : Each time you want to unlock your device or switch it on, you’ll be asked to enter a PIN, password or fingerprint. This means that if someone gets hold of your device they can’t access the data on your device without entering your password, pattern, PIN or fingerprint.