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Keeping fraud and cyber-crime prevention simple

3 March 2017

With 88% of all identity frauds being committed online, we know that cybercrime and financial fraud are inextricably linked.

Although both topics hit the news regularly, for most businesses and consumers, it remains a dry subject. When people are being bombarded with information from all angles, it can be easy to miss essential security advice that can prevent you becoming a victim. 

We also know that when it comes to behaviour change the most successful messages need to be clear and simple.

That’s why we welcome the two clear and simple messages of the new Cyber Aware campaign from the government:

  • Use three random words to create a strong password, especially for email and banking accounts;
  • Always download the latest software updates. 

These two steps may seem simple but we all have a million and one other things to remember on any given day. Yet if we all started to follow this simple advice we could see a massive improvement in how cyber safe we are.

Clearly there are other steps we should all be taking – such as not using public Wi-Fi for banking, and only shopping on secure websites – but we all have to start somewhere! For more advice, visit the Cyber Aware website, and follow the campaign on Twitter and Facebook

At Cifas we are also big supporters of the Take Five to Stop Fraud campaign. Again the messages behind this campaign are simple and easy to remember:

  • Don’t share your PINs and passwords;
  • Listen to your gut instincts;
  • And most of all, take five before responding when you get an unexpected email or phone call.

You can find out more on the Take Five website, and follow the campaign on Facebook and Twitter.

Stay aware and share these simple steps with your friends, colleagues and loved ones.

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