Think Before You Click This Christmas

By James Taylor, Wick Hill Strategic Development Manager I encourage you all to watch the Panorama report at the bottom of the page.  It gives a nice insight...

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By James Taylor, Wick Hill Strategic Development Manager

I encourage you all to watch the Panorama report at the bottom of the page.  It gives a nice insight into how Cyber-crime is so easily committed around this special time of year. As we approach Christmas, Social Engineering will only escalate as you anticipate gifts being delivered or go on-line shopping.

Therefore I trust the following tips are welcomed:

  • Do buy from reputable Websites, cheapest is not always best;
  • Credit Cards are a better payment consideration – you have improved consumer rights, but only purchase what you can afford
  • Always keep your Credit/Debit Card in sight at all times (never let the waiter take it away to be processed)
  • Do support your local High Street, personally, I think it’s safer and some store will price match.
  • Review your Bank Statements regularly and recognise every transaction.
  • Set an SMS Alert with your Bank for high value withdrawals
  • Choose complex, and different passwords for key websites, your e-mail account in particular.
  • Consider a Free Credit-check report. I met Noddle at NISC and they don’t charge to access the data they hold on you; make time to research if this service is appropriate to you.
  • And finally, Think before you Click!

Stay safe out there!
James

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