Facts and Statistics
If you read the news, cyber crime is rife in Britain with con artists thriving in the current economic uncertainty. The Citizens Advice charity has warned that those engaged in these underhand tactics are profiting on those hardest hit financially. It has revealed that householders are becoming more vulnerable to scams run by fraudsters with people getting caught up in paying for professional training that doesn’t exist as well as applying for non-existing credit.
As well as these bleak findings, it is not just those who’ve had the misfortune of being taken in by fraudsters and tricksters over the internet. Leading online security provider Symantec, producers of the Norton anti-virus programs, have published a new report on cyber security in a bid to debunk a number of myths and misconceptions.
So Should I Be Worried?
Well, the aforementioned report doesn’t put people’s minds at ease all that much, revealing that it is not just PCs that are targeted by those looking to scam online users. With the growing rise of the tablet and smartphone, it would seem only natural to expect these devices to come under attack too.
The software designed by Symantec is aimed at preventing cyber attacks and does not account for being taken in by criminals using the internet as their platform of choice. This means that if you have the right safeguards on your computer or other electronic device, you can take care of yourself in this regard.
The Rest Is Up to You
While interaction on social networking sites like Facebook and online marketplaces like eBay are commonplace and it is quite normal for people to make friends as well as do business with one another using these facilities, it is up to the individual user to be on their guard when communicating with strangers. However, help is at hand.
Verification Makes For a Better Online Experience
It goes without saying that you should never pass on personal information or banking details unless you are absolutely sure the site and profile has been verified first. Fortunately, there are now a number of providers whose aim it is to ensure their members can interact with others in their community without having to be so fearful of their online safety.
While there is still no substitute for common sense, the fact that individuals and businesses can verify themselves using globally accepted methods means that this significantly reduces the chances of being the victim of fraudsters on the internet.
Think Before You Act
As with anything that requires your financial details, be very careful and only carry out transactions and pass on personal information with those trusted people and sites that are known to be reliable. If anyone messages you and you are not sure of their motives and they sound suspicious, it is certainly advisable to think long and hard before responding.
There is certainly no reason not to feel secure online when you have safeguards in place, including anti-virus software, spam filters and ways of verifying the identities of those you interact with.