Stay Safe Online- Top 5 Tips

Never click on a suspicious link
This is far harder on mobile phones and tablets as the text of a link and where that link actually goes are two different things. Unlike laptops and desktops it is not possible to hover over a link to see where clicking on that link will take you.

If you are able to see where the link points, make sure it is the actual, genuine domain of the company and wherever possible use a known good bookmarked link or search for the company using a search engine rather than using a link that has come via e-mail, facebook, whatsapp, linkedin etc (or sms text message!). Fraudsters are very good at creating domain names that look and sound genuine, but are not!.

Be aware of Phishing emails
Phishing emails are those pretending to be a legitimate company or service. There are many ways of spoofing another’s identity, including use of their own domain if not properly secured. Again this is especially hard to detect when using mobile phones or tablets. If you are in business and would like a free test of your online brand (domain) we have a FREE brand check service

Make sure the site you are accessing is secure
Always check that the site you are accessing is secure (uses https://) which on most browsers will show a locked padlock. You must however make sure the site you are accessing is the genuine one for the brand as it is very easy for a criminal to host a secure site on a look-a-like domain, giving the illusion of legitimacy.

Avoid using public Wi-Fi
Many public Wi-Fi networks in places such as hotels and coffee shops are unencrypted and any information that isn’t sent securely (over https://) can be easily read by others on that same network.
It is not uncommon to find criminals deliberately running Wi-Fi networks that use the same name as well known ones. Your device will connect to whichever signal is strongest!

Use complex passwords
Many websites use email address as Username and so it is more important than ever that passwords are long, complicated and wildly different per site. Wherever possible, enable multi factor authentication (sometimes called MFA or 2FA) so that it takes more than just username and password to access the site. Many e-mail providers and social media networks now support MFA but do not pro-actively encourage their users to enable it.