Tuesday, September 24, 2013

F-Secure Survey Finds 1 in 10 Consumers have Lost Money to Online Fraud

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As I've said several times here in the past.  I'm a big fan of F-Secure and their suite of Internet security programs.  Recently the company posted an article on their website detailing how 10% of consumers have been somehow ripped off in online fraud.
For their tips on avoiding the pitfalls of online fraud, read on:
Tips for avoiding online fraud

Using a little caution can help lower your chances of being victimized by a fraudster.

•    Use a unique password for each account, with a mixture of letters, numbers and special characters
•    Only give your personal or financial information to reputable sites you know you can trust, and only on pages with “HTTPS” in the URL 
•    Avoid doing purchasing or banking from shared or public computers, or over public WiFi
•    Watch out for phishing emails that pretend to be your bank or another organization
•    Don’t click on links or open attachments in suspicious emails
•    Make sure your browser and software are up-to-date
•    If you have kids, be aware of what your child is clicking. Many “offers” are designed to look like entertainment for children
•    Beware of offers that seem too good to be true – they probably are
•    Review your bank and credit card statements regularly to make sure no transactions are happening without your knowledge
•    Use Internet security software from a trusted company like F-Secure. F-Secure Internet Security provides the best protection for your computer and online life, blocking viruses, spyware and malware and protecting you whilebanking, shopping and surfing. You can try it for free.

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