At this time when many people and families are staying at home, it is even more important to remember to keep yourself safe on the internet. There are reports of internet fraud having increased by 400% recently.
Very sadly there are fraudsters who are taking advantage of the coronavirus pandemic to defraud internet users; some are posing as the NHS or other public body claiming to have information about the spread of the virus, offers of support and assistance, links to alleged cures and invitations to participate in health surveys. These are all designed to gain access to personal information which can be used for fraudulent purposes.
This is an example of a fraudulent email which has been circulated and there are many others
‘As schools will be closing, if you’re entitled to free school meals, please send your bank details and we’ll make sure you’re supported’
1. Keep Personal Information Safe
2. Keep Your Privacy Settings On
3. Practice Safe Browsing and Beware of Links
4. Make Sure Your Internet Connection is Secure
5. Be Careful What You Download – it could be a Virus
6. Choose Strong Passwords and never share them
7. Make Online Purchases from Secure Sites Only
8. Be Careful What You Post Online
9. Be Careful Who You Meet Online
10. Keep Your Antivirus Program Up to Date
11. Know what your children are doing Online
If you have any questions about internet safety, please ask your on-line tutor or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org