In 2016 an estimated 3.6 million cases of fraud and two million cases of computer misuse were reported to police. The figure is staggering, but even more staggering is that so many of those crimes could have been prevented by making a few small changes in online behaviour.

In order to avoid becoming a victim of online crime you don’t need to be a computer expert. Getting used to a few good online habits drastically reduces the chances of becoming a victim of cybercrime and will allow users to reduce their vulnerability and surf the web safely.

Passwords

Create a password that’s too hard for criminals to crack by choosing three random words, numbers and symbols.

Wi-Fi

Don’t do banking, online shopping or anything that requires you to enter login details while using public Wi-Fi.

Online ID

Stop thieves stealing from you – update privacy settings on all social media accounts and only let people you’re connected to see your pages.

Phishing

Phishing emails are designed to steal from you by installing malicious software on your computer. Don’t click on links from suspicious sources.

Updates

Updates are vital in protecting your computer and your identity from cybercriminals.


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