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Staying safe online is a constant worry for so many of us with so many new ways of trying to dupe us evolving almost daily.

What can you do to protect yourself?

Having seen the impacts of viruses and phishing scams, (attempts to trick you into visiting a false website), not to mention attempts to hijack your computer through botnets and the like…. it can look like a minefield.

There are however some simple precautions you can take. One common attack route is to send out emails with titles such as “Your Tax Refund” or “Your Bank Account is Closing”. They will look and sound important at first reading and will try to convince you to click a link in the email which takes you to a site that looks like but is not actually your bank site.

First warning, Banks do not talk to you this way, they do not try to get you to their site with email links to sign on.

What you should do:

  1. make sure your anti-virus is fully up to date and functioning
  2. Ask yourself have you carried out a transaction, are you expecting this email? If not and you are concerned follow the steps below
  3. Using a reputable search page locate your banks home page (if you have not already done this)
  4. When you click through from the search page, save your banks home page as a favourite – then only access your bank, tax office or other secure site through these favourites.
  5. Remember not to click links in unexpected emails no matter how convincing they may look.
  6. Delete the email (ideally, if you are not expecting it, before you actually open it).

Keep your antivirus up to date and use an online AV site such as trend micro house call to run a separate scan at least once a month.

Advice from PC Clinic Midlands


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