ONLINE SCAMS | THE DANGERS OF THE INTERNET

Like many others, I’m pretty much constantly online – whether that’s from home, the office or on my phone.  The internet is an amazing place with so much to offer!  However, it’s sometimes easy to forget about the dangers associated with the online world.

Data Label recently conducted some research on online scams, which are happening more and more frequently nowadays.  Online scams happen when people are cheated out of their money or personal information, and there are a number of ways in which this could happen.

For example, the research shows how although you might think that when sending an email to a friend, the email goes directly from your computer to your friend’s computer, this is not actually the case.  In reality, when you hit ‘send’ the email gets stored on a server before landing in your friend’s inbox, much like an online mail sorting office.  These servers are vulnerable to malicious software used by scammers, and will scan your emails for any personal information such as bank details, which they can use.

However, the good news is that there are a number of ways in which you can protect yourself from getting scammed.  For example, not opening emails that appear too good to be true, and making sure that your browser and antivirus software are up-to-date.  It is also important to be aware that banks will never ask for your details by email, so it’s always best to ring up your bank if you receive a suspicious email from someone claiming to be them.  If you realise you’ve given your details away and it’s too late, you can ring up your bank immediately as they can take the right steps to monitor your account for any suspicious behaviour.

Being aware and cautious of the potential dangers of the internet can help you enjoy the online world and use it to its full potential while staying safe!

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