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Cyber Crime

30 Nov 2016

Cyber Crime has become a constant and evolving threat to our everyday lives!

Protect Yourself Against Malicious Attacks

Viruses, spyware, ransomware and other malware (malicious software) can all present a risk to your devices and you. It is therefore very important to make sure you have anti-virus software on all your electronic devices and that it is up to date.

So what can you do?

  • Pay extra attention to emails, texts or even a phone call, that asks you to confirm personal or financial information – Do you know this person, or organisation?
  • Do not email personal or financial information as you never know who will gain access to your email – instead question why they need it
  • Even if you know the sender, only open attachments that you are expecting and know what they contain – If you don’t know or you are unsure, just delete it
  • Only communicate personal information via secure webpages, such as a secure bank message
  • Always use secure Wi-Fi to access emails and banking applications, and be aware that most free Wi-Fi like that is available at airports and cafes is not usually secure
  • Be aware of pop-ups - do not enter personal information into them, click on the links, or copy website addresses from them
  • Never give anyone your user ID and password, even if you believe they are from your bank

If you have been targeted by a scam, or a Cyber Attack, report it to Scamwatch at www.consumerprotection.govt.nz and help others from becoming victims.

Be careful out there!

Talk soon . . . Money Penny