Here are 10 tips for cyber advice and fighting against fraud:

  1. Strong Passwords and Multi-Factor Authentication: Use complex and unique passwords for all your online accounts. Don’t reuse the same password for multiple accounts. Enable multi-factor authentication (MFA) whenever possible. MFA adds an extra layer of security by requiring a second verification step, such as a code from your phone, to log in to your account.
  2. Software Updates: Keep your software, including your operating system, web browser, and applications, up to date. Updates often include security patches that fix vulnerabilities that cybercriminals can exploit.
  3. Beware of Phishing: Phishing emails and websites try to trick you into revealing personal information, such as your credit card number or login credentials. Be suspicious of emails or websites that urge you to click on a link or download an attachment. Don’t click on links or attachments from unknown senders.
  4. Secure Wi-Fi: Avoid using public Wi-Fi networks for sensitive activities, such as online banking or shopping. If you must use public Wi-Fi, consider using a virtual private network (VPN) to encrypt your traffic.
  5. Social Media Privacy: Be careful about what information you share on social media. Cybercriminals can use this information to target you with phishing scams or identity theft. Review your privacy settings on social media and limit the information that is publicly visible.
  6. Monitor Your Accounts: Regularly review your bank statements and credit card statements for suspicious activity. If you see something you don’t recognize, report it to your bank or credit card company immediately.
  7. Shred Sensitive Documents: Shred any documents that contain sensitive information before throwing them away. This includes documents with your Social Security number, bank account number, or credit card number.
  8. Anti-Virus and Anti-Malware Software: Use a reputable antivirus and anti-malware software program and keep it up to date. These programs can help to protect you from viruses, malware, and other online threats.
  9. Be Wary of Free Offers: If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Be wary of free offers or deals that seem suspicious. These could be scams designed to steal your personal information or infect your device with malware.
  10. Report Fraud: If you believe you have been the victim of fraud, report it to the authorities and your financial institution immediately. The sooner you report fraud, the sooner you can take steps to protect yourself from further harm:Report online at www.actionfraud.police.uk/ or by telephone on 0300 123 2040.
    Forward suspicious emails to reports@phishing.gov.uk and suspicious texts to 7726.

By following these tips, you can help to protect yourself from cybercrime and fraud.

For more information, please visit:
/www.ncsc.gov.uk/cyberaware/

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