The vast majority of consumers use the internet without any problems. However anyone can fall prey to cyber criminals if they do not take basic security precautions when online.
- No bank or card issuer will contact you by email and ask you to enter all your personal and financial details online. If you receive a message like this, report it to your bank, then delete it
- If you get an email from an unknown source, do not open it and do not click on any attachments
- Make sure that your anti-virus software is up to date
- Never follow the messages from anti-virus software you encounter whilst on the internet. Only follow the anti-virus instructions from the software you have installed on your computer
- Install an anti-spyware package
- Always use a firewall
- Ensure that your software is up to date
For example, Windows software is routinely updates on the second Tuesday of each month (security updates are issued on that date). Should a critical update be necessary between monthly updates, make sure it is installed immediately.
Reporting online fraud
To report fraud or online crime contact Action Fraud.
You can find further information and advice on protecting yourself online from Get Safe Online and Cyber Streetwise.