Cyber-crime: the 10 rules you should follow as warning issued over online fraud

Bournemouth Echo: Cyber-crime: the 10 rules you should be following as warning issued over online fraud Cyber-crime: the 10 rules you should be following as warning issued over online fraud

DORSET police chiefs have issued a cyber crime warning after a national report warned of the extent of bank and online fraud.

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau reported £157 million being defrauded from the bank cards and online accounts nationally in 2013/14.

Residents in Dorset have also fallen foul of tricksters with criminals stealing bank cards, cheque books, or obtaining card or account details in order to take money from a victim’s account or use it to shop online.

Victims usually detect this activity by checking their monthly bank statements.

Obtaining personal information by either social media or email, and harassment online has also been reported.

Director of Investigations, Detective Superintendent Kevin Connolly said: “Dorset Police recognises cyber-crime and online fraud as an emerging threat to our residents.

“We take these crimes very seriously and the Force and Dorset’s Police and Crime Commissioner are committed to working jointly to ensure we are fit for the future. A cyber-crime strategy has been developed and we are investing in training for our officers.”

Dorset Police have issued some simple guidelines to ensure all residents stay safe online.

Superintendent Kevin Connolly said: “There are some basic safety measures we can all take to protect ourselves online. I would urge everybody to follow these simple rules to ensure all online devices are kept secure.”

They include:

  • Make sure your computer has up-to-date internet security software switched on.
  • Don’t reveal personal information on social networking sites
  • Regularly backup the data on your computer and smartphone/tablet
  • Never reveal your password or PIN when asked to do so by email or on the phone
  • Make sure your wireless network is secure at all times
  • Be careful who you are selling to and buying from on auction sites
  • Choose strong passwords, change them regularly and don’t tell anybody what they are
  •  When shopping, paying or banking online always make sure the website is secure
  •  Always download the latest software and operating system updates when prompted
  • Remember your smartphone is also a target for viruses and spyware

Crimes can be reported direct to Dorset Police on 101 or to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

Advice is available from Trading Standards and Citizens Advice through 08454 04 05 06 or www.adviceguide.org.uk and also www.getsafeonline.org.

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8:47am Tue 1 Jul 14

whataboutthat says...

11. Don't use the internet if you don't know what you are doing.
11. Don't use the internet if you don't know what you are doing. whataboutthat
  • Score: 4

9:01am Tue 1 Jul 14

folkprotector says...

Might be worth adding: If you don't know how to do any of the above, get a suitably knowledgeable person to help you go through the list. Make sure it is someone you can trust.
Might be worth adding: If you don't know how to do any of the above, get a suitably knowledgeable person to help you go through the list. Make sure it is someone you can trust. folkprotector
  • Score: 3

9:34am Tue 1 Jul 14

mudefordguy says...

12. Use your common sense
12. Use your common sense mudefordguy
  • Score: 2

9:48am Tue 1 Jul 14

beachcomber1 says...

simplest thing is have a separae bank account for online transactions. only move money into it when you need to. so if the card associated with that account gets stolen/hacked then there's nothing in there to steal.
simplest thing is have a separae bank account for online transactions. only move money into it when you need to. so if the card associated with that account gets stolen/hacked then there's nothing in there to steal. beachcomber1
  • Score: 2

9:49am Tue 1 Jul 14

Richy Freeway says...

Changing your password regurlaly isn't particularly good advice as it forces people to use weaker passwords that they can remember easily as they have to change them often. Pick a good password, at least 12 characters long including at least one upper case character, one number and one random non alpha-numerical character : !"£$%^&*() etc.

Preferably modify the password slightly for each different website, so if you had chosen the password Horse;bicycle4 then you would make it Horseb;bicycle4e for the bournemouth echo site and Horsea;bicycle4z for Amazon. Just make sure you understand the rules you set yourself.

Different passwords for each site are quite important. If the Echo site was to get hacked tomorrow and the hackers managed to crack the password hashes and you're using the same password everywhere, they simply have to try your email address and password on the other sites and they're in.

Downloading updates for software is very important, especially the Windows updates, but be VERY careful when prompted to update things like Flash Player as there are a lot of harmful websites that will present you with a fake prompt for updating things like this that could fill your machine with malware. Always get your updates from the software manufacturers website, and double check it's the official domain you're going to and not a 3rd party disguising their address.

Not a bad article, just a bit lacking in substance.
Changing your password regurlaly isn't particularly good advice as it forces people to use weaker passwords that they can remember easily as they have to change them often. Pick a good password, at least 12 characters long including at least one upper case character, one number and one random non alpha-numerical character : !"£$%^&*() etc. Preferably modify the password slightly for each different website, so if you had chosen the password Horse;bicycle4 then you would make it Horseb;bicycle4e for the bournemouth echo site and Horsea;bicycle4z for Amazon. Just make sure you understand the rules you set yourself. Different passwords for each site are quite important. If the Echo site was to get hacked tomorrow and the hackers managed to crack the password hashes and you're using the same password everywhere, they simply have to try your email address and password on the other sites and they're in. Downloading updates for software is very important, especially the Windows updates, but be VERY careful when prompted to update things like Flash Player as there are a lot of harmful websites that will present you with a fake prompt for updating things like this that could fill your machine with malware. Always get your updates from the software manufacturers website, and double check it's the official domain you're going to and not a 3rd party disguising their address. Not a bad article, just a bit lacking in substance. Richy Freeway
  • Score: 6

10:07am Tue 1 Jul 14

folkprotector says...

mudefordguy wrote:
12. Use your common sense
I wholeheartedly agree with your thinking. If only sense was actually common!
[quote][p][bold]mudefordguy[/bold] wrote: 12. Use your common sense[/p][/quote]I wholeheartedly agree with your thinking. If only sense was actually common! folkprotector
  • Score: 0

10:24am Tue 1 Jul 14

PokesdownMark says...

Most important but missing from the list... never trust a link in an email. Always type your banking or financial website addresses in manually. This avoids many email attacks with links to website that impersonate financial services.
And use different passwords for financial websites. That is really critical. There are methods to help remember complex passwords. It really is worth the effort involved.
Most important but missing from the list... never trust a link in an email. Always type your banking or financial website addresses in manually. This avoids many email attacks with links to website that impersonate financial services. And use different passwords for financial websites. That is really critical. There are methods to help remember complex passwords. It really is worth the effort involved. PokesdownMark
  • Score: 4

2:04pm Tue 1 Jul 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

I use the same password for every site, it so unusual nobody will ever guess it.

It's elephant99991

Feel free to use it yourself if you like.

Oh, and my best tip is never use your real name, and dont use Facebook or Twitter.
I use the same password for every site, it so unusual nobody will ever guess it. It's elephant99991 Feel free to use it yourself if you like. Oh, and my best tip is never use your real name, and dont use Facebook or Twitter. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: 1
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