Event date: 03/05/2017
News date: 21 Apr
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The internet provides us with an abundance of opportunities - for education, browsing, buying and selling online, communicating with work colleagues, friends and family alike.
Regrettably there are always those who will seek to take advantage of us when we are on-line. Unfortunately some fraudsters deliberately target older people, and those who are more vulnerable. However there is no reason we cannot continue to take advantage of all benefits the internet has to offer safely and securely if we follow some very simple precautions.
These simple rules will help to make sure you, your computer and your money stay safe when you go online.
'Spam' is junk, unsolicited emails promoting products such as loan consolidation offers, 'miracle' drugs, sexually-explicit products and websites. These are usually scams and as a general rule should always be avoided and ignored.
Some spam emails ask for personal information, such as your bank details. This is called 'phishing'. If you get an email from someone or organisation who seem to be a bank saying there is a problem with your account, contact the company in question to get confirmation it's from them, but don't reply to the email and NEVER send details of your bank account or password or pin number via email. No bank or building society will ask you to do this.
Be wary of statements that:
Report Fraud to Action Fraud. You can report fraud including online or internet crimes using the Action Fraud Reporting tool. Action Fraud is UK's national fraud and cyber crime reporting centre.
Cyber bullying is any form of bullying which takes place online or through devices such as smartphones and tablets, usually using emails, text messages or social networking sites such as Facebook or Twitter. The guidance for dealing with cyber bullies is to 'stop, block and tell'. Don't answer back (as this will only feed the abuse), block the person or message, and tell someone you trust.
If you think that you or someone you know is being subjected to abuse on-line then visit our page What to do if you think someone is at risk of being abused for advice and details on whom to contact.
Viruses are malicious computer programs that are hidden in emails which are activated when you open the email. Typically you are invited to open an attachment or download a file in the email, which causes the virus to infect your computer. Sometimes this is just to maliciously cause you problems, but sometimes it's to gain access to information on your computer which may lead to fraudulent activity.
Emails from people you don't know
Never open attachments or files from senders you don't recognise. And never click a link to a website you don't know from an email sender you don't recognise.
Emails from people you do know
Sometimes you may get an email from someone your do recognise, but there is no text except to say 'hi' or 'good morning'. This is then followed by a link. This is probably fraudulent and the link should not be opened. Someone has acquired that person's email address and used it to send out potentially damaging links, which may contain viruses.
Be vigilant - one of the most common ways a computer becomes infected is when a user accepts what they see on screen without first reading the prompt before proceeding.
You can buy security software to detect and block potentially harmful emails and viruses - some of these products are listed below.
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