Internet Marketing – Are YOU at risk of being scammed? – 1

Are YOU at risk of being scammed?
Expert reveals the tricks used by
online fraudsters that can fool even
the most tech-savvy – and the nine
steps you need to protect yourself
•    EXCLUSIVE:  Cyber security expert has
revealed top tips for avoiding scams
•    Automated Push Payment scams are
among the hardest to spot
•    Real links begins with https:// while
many phishing fakes often just have
•    Checking when you last logged into
email in settings is useful tool
PUBLISHED: 11:10 GMT, 25 November 2018
Tech savvy Brits might like to think
they’re too smart to be fooled by
online scams, but cyber security
experts have revealed that most of us
are a lot more vulnerable than we
Only nine per cent of people can
accurately spot scams online, while
Which? says that more than five million
scams cost victims in excess of £9
billion each year.
Ajit Patel, founder of cyber security
organisation Siccura, which has just
launched a new app called Siccura
Safemail that helps keep all email
communication secure, told Femail that
spotting danger is a lot harder than
you think.
‘Data theft and online fraud have
become more sophisticated, and
depressingly familiar,’ he explained.
‘Automated Push Payment scams are also
on the rise, where criminals hack and
clone people’s emails and then con them
into making what they believe are
genuine payments – for example to
plumbers or builders for work done.
‘Unfortunately, malware protection
software doesn’t help much, because
they rely on tricking the user, so it’s
vital that people learn to be more
vigilant and ensure they are taking
appropriate steps to protect
Here are the nine steps you need to
ensure you don’t fall victim to a scam.

You might like to think you’re pretty
tech savvy but the increasing
sophistication of online fraud makes it
harder to spot than ever

1. Encrypt your email
Email encryption isn’t just for
businesses or tech geeks. Email
encryption is a powerful way to keep
your personal data safe, transforming
sensitive data into unbreakable code.
Even if someone manages to access your
data with new encryption technology,
the content they find will be
completely undecipherable.
2. Back up your data
It might sound basic but backing up
your emails is often overlooked. It
makes sense to create a duplicate copy
of your emails so that if a device is
lost, stolen, or compromised, you still
have all the information that’s
important to you.
3. Use passphrases rather than
Most people know not to use the same
password for different online accounts
and are aware that passwords linked to
personal details such as birthdays or
addresses are easier to hack.
Try using
a longer ‘passphrase’ to make use of
every character in a password and base
this on a favourite song lyric, quote
from a book, magazine, or film so it’s
easy to remember.
4. Find out who is using your data
GDPR has made this easier to find out
and you now have the right to ask any
company what data they hold on you or
to stop them email you unwanted
messages in your inbox.
To be continued……
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