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In this October (and therefore Halloween!) edition of our blog, we are talking computer scares! Just as you could encounter criminals in life, you could also encounter them online.
Our advice is to use your everyday instincts, when using the internet.
For example, you wouldn't open your door and invite a stranger in, so don't open emails from people you don't know. Here are our top five tips (that you probably already use in daily life) for staying safe online:
1. If a deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
2. Don't freely give out your personal information.
3. Don't open emails from strangers, especially if they have an attachment.
4. Anything that looks dodgy probably is.
5. It's always OK to ask for help.
Scam of the month:
Beware! This scam of the month is extremely effective on those who are not so familiar with technical jargon, or those that are new to computing. You may receive a telephone call from someone, who claims that your computer has a virus. They will ask for your card details, in order to purchase software to 'get rid of the virus'.
Firstly, there is no way that anyone other than yourself, and people who have used your computer, will know if you have a virus. Secondly, legitimate I.T. companies will not contact you in this way, let alone to ask for personal details.
Our tip is: If you have a virus, it is very likely that you
will know about it. Your computer may do strange things without your
permission. If you suspect you have a virus, shut down your computer and ask
someone for advice.