Online security remains vitally important as we have seen over the past few weeks with concentrated cyber attacks on a range of institutions in the UK and elsewhere.
Keep in mind these simple rules to make sure you are protecting yourself and your personal information from being compromised:
If you are at all suspicious of any communication received from a source known to you, confirm it is real by contacting the sender by another method.
Do not open attachments or click on links within any unsolicited or dubious emails and never respond to emails that ask you for your password. Reputable organisations and authorities will not do this.
Do not provide personal or financial details without confirming the source and carefully considering the potential results of doing so.
The senders name and number in a text message can be ‘spoofed’ (forged), so even if the message appears to be form an organisation you know of, exercise caution, particularly if the texts are asking you to click on a link or call a number. If you need to contact use a number known and trusted by you.