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NOTICE  Top tips to avoid online scams

Online scams are schemes to con you out of your
money using your computer and the internet, either
through fake websites or emails. Although there are
many ways scammers can get into your computer to
steal your money and identity, there are ways you
can protect yourself.
This page tells you what you can do to cut down the
chance of others getting hold of personal
information through your computer, tablet or smart
What you can do to protect yourself
To protect your identity and cash from online
only allow someone to remotely access your
computer if they are from a trusted source, such
as your internet service provider
create passwords which are long, unique and use
a mix of random numbers and lower and upper
case letters. The longer the password the harder
it is to guess. A ten digit password is better than
an eight digit one. Make sure you change
passwords regularly and don't share them
use antivirus software and keep it up to date. This
will check for malicious computer programmes
and monitor files before they are opened. Up-to-
date software is important to protect against the
most recent viruses. If you buy software online
make sure it is from a genuine supplier
understand what software you are installing on
your computer or phone and make sure you are
using a secure site when you buy software, tablet
or smart phone. A secure site will have a web
address beginning with https not http
make sure you leave your firewall is switched on.
A firewall is a security shield that stops
scammers getting into your computer. Operating
systems such as Windows come with built in
firewall settings. They can monitor and warn you
of unexpected access to your computer
make sure you regularly install updates to your
operating system. Windows is an example of an
operating system
install the latest version of your web browser, for
example Internet Explorer, which will have the
latest security features
don’t open suspicious or unknown emails, email
attachments, texts or pop up messages. For
example an email with an unusually worded
subject heading
no genuine online company will contact you to
ask for your log-in details, such as your password
or user id. You should only need to provide this
information when you are logging onto a service
such as online banking
before entering payment card details on a
website, make sure the link is secure.
Making sure you have a secure link
You can make sure you have a secure link in three
check there's a padlock symbol in the browser
window frame, which appears when you attempt
to log in or register. Be sure the padlock is not on
the page itself – if it is this will probably indicate a
fraudulent site
check the web address begins with ‘https://’. The
‘s’ stands for ‘secure’
if you're using the latest version of your browser,
the address bar or the name of the site owner
will turn green.
If you receive a possible scam email
If you have opened a scam email:
don’t reply to the email
don’t click on any links in the email or open any
if you have already clicked on a link and opened a
website, don’t give any personal information out.
Just read your tips to avoid online scam its nice. Thanks for sharing.

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