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Think Twice Before you Click

How many times do you think twice before clicking on a link in an email, post or text?

How many times have you provided confidential information, then had doubts about whether the person contacting you may not be from the bank, credit card company or other provider.

We met a client recently who believed that he was providing information to his bank, and even our client was convinced that he had not supplied any vital account information, the manner in which the information was gleaned, meant that the fraudster could piece together the client’s bank sort code and account number. Within seconds thousands of pounds had been withdrawn from his account. Even though the money was ultimately refunded, the process was long and drawn out as well as extremely stressful.

There are a number of basic recommendations that the government have published on their getsafeonline website. If you do not want to click on this link because of the message we are sending out in this blog, visit www.getsafeonline.org.

A few key tips are:

  • Never give out personal or financial data,m regardless of how persistent the caller is
  • Be very careful that organisations that you supply confidential information to are genuine.
  • Don’t open email attachments from unknown sources.
  • Don’t attach external storage devices such as USB or hard drives if you are unsure what is on them, or of their origin.
  • Consider encrypting mobile devices such as laptops, Windows and Android tablet devices and USB flash drives.

It’s a sad state of affairs where we need to ne wary of everyone and everything, but it is all too often better to be safe than sorry.

Get in touch with us at String to find out how we can help you secure your business systems, and remember THINK TWICE BEFORE YOU CLICK.