"A little awareness and care can help keep you safe online"
With growing concerns on the digital security of everything from access to our finances to the protection of our personal digital assets such as email and social networking accounts, there is much to be said for awareness raising regarding best practice. With this in mind, it seems a worthwhile exercise to cover the basics.
What is Cyber Security?
Cyber security is the protection of information systems from theft or damage to the hardware, the software, and to the information on them, as well as from disruption or misdirection of the services they provide.
Examples of cyber attacks:
If you receive an email that looks strange, think twice before opening any attachments.
Tell-tell signs that it may be a Phishing email include:
In general, unless you are positive about the source of the email, don’t open it!
Be aware that a fraudster might call you claiming to be from your bank or credit card provider or from the police, asking for confidential information to resolve an issue.
Do not disclose confidential information, including passwords and security codes, over the phone. Remember that banks will never ask you to disclose such information.
Similar to email Phishing, you might be asked to confirm or supply account information. Do not respond to such texts.
This is where a piece of software piggybacks on an authorised download, entering the computer / network allowing the fraudster to infect a network with a virus or to steal confidential information. Here, it is important to use reputable and up to date virus protection.
Once obtained, the fraudster will have access to your information. A fraudster might obtain your password
Man in the Middle Attack
This is where an attacker intercepts the network and watches transactions between two parties, and steals sensitive information. In order to avoid such issues, extra diligence is required when using public Wi-Fi. Note that people can set up ‘hot spots’ on their phones, providing Wifi to people around them using a fairly legitimate sounding Wifi name (such as the name of the coffee shop that you may be in). If you access the Internet through one of these Wifi hot spots then your data may be visible to the person who set it up.
A fraudster will ask you to change the payment destination or demand payment via phone, fax or email. Be weary of such requests, especially from lesser familiar sources.
You are asked to update your software and are prompted to enter your pin and card number to start the download. Instead a Trojan downloads and takes control over the computer.
A bank or other reputable organization will never ask for your password, PINs or authentication codes via email, phone call or SMS.
Setting a strong password
If someone else discovers your password- change it!
Bond Trust takes cyber security very seriously. All our staff have received training and remain vigilant to potential threat. We are fully protected through the use of anti-virus software and firewalls