Beware the scam artists
Black Friday, Cyber Monday and shopping for Christmas presents online offer an easy target for cyber criminals.
Hackers are continually coming up with new ways to scam unwitting internet users – from phishing emails to social media scams.
Numerous high-profile hacks in 2015, including TalkTalk, Experian and Ashley Madison, have brought the subject of data loss into the mainstream, but the lure of heavily discounted products on offer this week is sure to blind some consumers to the dangers of shopping online.
Jozef Kinder, General Manager for P3 Computers, said: “At this time of year, people are so focused on buying stuff that they let down their guard when it comes to security.
“More online purchases mean more opportunity for people to be scammed.”
Email phishing scams remain one of the most common ways for people to be targeted, but they are now more dangerous – and convincing – than ever before.
Jozef said: “Phishing campaigns try to fool customers into giving away personal or financial details.”
“One of our customers was defrauded in excess of £50,000. However, as they were conned into handing over their bank details from what looked like a legitimate source they weren’t covered by their bank and weren’t able to recoup any of the money.”
“It is more important than ever to ensure that a strong anti-virus tool is installed on your computer.”
“This will catch the majority of phishing attacks or scam websites before you have the chance to fall victim to them.”
It is also advised that you keep your computer, laptop, tablet or phone up to date with the latest software releases to stay protected at a basic level.
Jozef said: “We are living in a digital age so don’t become complacent when it comes to protecting your data online and be vigilant with the emails you receive.”
“Nowadays it’s not just PCs. Now smartphones, smartwatches, tablets and other devices have entered into the mix.
“Cyber criminals are just waiting in the wings to exploit any mistakes you make.”
As always, should you have any questions please do not hesitate to give us a call on 01282 424 041