Stay secure online: How to be Cyber Aware

31 October 2017

From banking to shopping and social media, we are now reliant on the internet to conduct many aspects of our daily lives. This means it’s vital you know how to stay secure online and to protect your data, technology and digital privacy.

The Moneywise Stay Secure Online campaign, in partnership with Cyber Aware, is aimed at consumers who want to get to grips with their online security and help protect themselves against the loss of online data, theft of private information.

In our guide you will find tips on improving your cyber security, and learn how to look after your online data.

‘It’s my responsibility to keep myself secure online,’ say Moneywise users: Protect yourself from cyber crime
Nearly half (46%) of users strongly agree with the statement that it’s their responsibility to keep themselves secure online.

How to create a password to give you peace of mind
There really is no excuse for failing to select a strong password, one that is hard for a hacker to crack.

The most common cyber scams and how to protect yourself
From ordering groceries online to checking emails on our phones, digital technology and the Internet have brought numerous benefits to our lives and made a lot of daily tasks easier. But they have also unwittingly created a new golden age for scammers.

Take a #TechFree15 minute break to protect your devices Are you reading this article on your smartphone, tablet or laptop? There is a good chance you are, as more and more of us are doing everything from reading the news to ordering a supermarket shop to putting the kettle on via our devices.

10 tips to beef up your cyber security The last couple of years have seen a number of high profile cyber security controversies, reminding all of us of the need to ensure that our computers, laptops, mobile phones, and tablets are as secure as possible.

Scam watch: Consumers putting themselves at risk by giving away personal info Too many Brits are putting themselves at risk of fraud by giving out sensitive personal information.

Scam watch: Three-quarters of Brits have been targeted by phishing fraudsters Almost three-quarters (74%) of British adults have been targeted by phishing scams in the last year, with fraudsters using increasingly sophisticated tactics to con their victims.

Fraud alert! Is your bank doing enough to beat the scammers? Fraudsters are doing their best to separate you from your money. Here, we look at the best ways to protect yourself and ask whether banks should be working harder to keep customers safe.

Scam watch: Identity fraud soars to record levels Identity (ID) fraud has risen to a record level, accounting for over half (56%) of all fraud cases reported to fraud prevention firm Cifas by its members..

Scam watch: beware buying non-existent ‘phantom’ goods Shoppers are being warned not to get caught out by so-called ‘phantom goods’ scams, which are costing victims an average of £1,100 a time.

Scam watch: Data on mobiles, smart TVs and fitness trackers may be targeted by fraudsters Smart devices, such as mobile phones, TVs, and fitness trackers, which contain huge amounts of personal data, could be targeted by criminals seeking to commit extortion or fraud, a new report warns.

17 ways to protect your money online in 2017 When was the last time you changed your password for Amazon, eBay or even your own bank? And when did you last back up your files or update antivirus software? Feeling sheepish? Then read our 17 tips to ward off the scammers.

How to manage multiple online passwords Various surveys indicate nearly half of us use the same password for all our accounts, including banking, home computers, work, phone and utilities. Most of us use the same password for at least two separate accounts.

Beware the scammers out to empty your bank account Banking scams are big business. Online banking scams alone accounted for an estimated £130 million disappearing from accounts last year, more than double the £60 million stolen in 2014, according to figures collated by Financial Fraud Action UK – an organisation formed by banks and card issuers to fight fraud.

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

All good but you are not saying anything about how to be securbe aware is good but give some constructive things to be secure

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

A few years ago I received an email saying I was due a Tax Refund from HMRC. I had applied for a refund from them but the amount in the email was more than I was due, I nearly got caught out except my laptop would not print my DOB. I wondered if they had access to HMRC computers.

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

I been personal targeted on line , but the bank stop the cheque they access my computer and she did Disk clean up and downloaded progam files Obytes and debit for 249.99 but my bank stop the cheque nam e SHARON RANG AND THE CHEQUE WAS MADE TO MS WOOLLEY BEWARE. THEY MESS MY COMPUTER UP

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