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Your Security on Social Media and Devices

Written by Michael Hayes

12/08/2021

We’ve all had scammers target us whether it be through email, false websites social media, viruses, post/mail, product selling websites, phone calls and many more… Us being the victim if they do get one over on us creates Annoyance, Inconvenience and Anger.

In general we cannot always be aware of every loop hole scammers are using as they are constantly changing the methods and angles they target us with. Throughout Covid phone scams / Cold Calls are on the up, below we provide examples of our recent findings and ways to remain safe and coherent when it comes to these types of threats…...

At UK Prosecures we and many people or companies have been targetted, I can testify that spam calls have been rife through our business mobile phones with multiple calls stating that the recipients “National Insurance number has been compromised” and that they need to press 1. DO NOT PRESS 1!!!!! This would inevitability lead to someone at the other end pressing for your personal details which they will then use in some sort of fraud scam.

This case is referenced and help can be found at,

https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/alert/warning-national-insurance-scam-leads-to-surge-in-calls-to-action-fraud

Another interesting find that recently we’ve found an increase in clients requesting debugging checks on their homes and electronic devices which usually result in no bugs being found. Obviously we are happy to provide the requested service but it does raise some questions - Is this due to being locked down and paranoia setting in? Is this becoming a form of normality with so many worries and fears around evolving technology.

Solutions to preventing scammers are fairly simple if your guard is constantly up which is not always possible but using the technology to our advantage is always possible. For all electrical devices please see the following tips that we advise,

Keep your passwords strong. Setting up strong passwords is one of the simplest, most effective things you can do to stay safe when you're on the internet. Avoid passwords made up of common words, numbers or keyboard patterns (such as 'password' or '123456'), and don't include personal information, like your name, date of birth or any family member's details. Use different passwords for different accounts.

  1. Install security software on your computer. Anti-virus software will look for and remove viruses before they can infect your computer, and anti-spyware software prevents unwanted adverts from popping up, and stops programs tracking your activities or scanning your computer for private data, such as credit card numbers or bank details. You can buy a package from a reputable provider (such as McAfee or Norton) either online or from a computer shop, or there are free security software programs available online, such as AVG, Avast and Microsoft Security Essentials.

  2. Protect your tablet and your mobile phone. You can check emails, shop and bank online on tablets and smartphones, so they need protecting too. Start by password-protecting any devices. You can download anti-virus and anti-spyware protection for tablets and phones and a lot of the apps are free. Some free, highly rated anti-virus apps are Avast mobile security, Kaspersky internet security, and Norton mobile security.

  3. Protect your wireless network. You need to protect your wireless network (also known as Wi-Fi) so that people living nearby can't access it. Read the instructions that come with your wireless router to find out how to set up a 'key' (a type of password) so that no one else can access the internet through your router.

  4. Keep your device updated. Every device has an operating system, which is the software it needs to function properly. Computers will use Windows or Mac OS, and tablets and smartphones use Android or iOS. Your device can be better protected from viruses if you keep the operating system updated. You should receive notifications when new updates are available, but you can also update your system manually.



For further reading relating to this topic please also see the following related blog post by Brian Krebs

https://krebsonsecurity.com/2021/08/phishing-sites-targeting-scammers-and-thieves/

For further support or advice on anything discussed within this article please do not hesitate to contact us by clicking our contacts tab above.

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