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Saturday, 9 January 2016

Give me ten, that's the move I give you five..

Just about everything about our lives is online these days. I've talked about it before, I know, but we share so much these days. It's becoming the norm. And I constantly wonder where the line is.

Over the Xmas break, I had to spend some time trying to explain to my grandparents why sending their password for their online banking back in a reply to an email they'd received from someone purporting to be their bank, had been a really bad idea.

This infographic from Data-Label seemed to be the best way to break it down most simply, although I'm still not entirely sure they get it. 


Have you ever been the victim of an online scam? I've recently had issues with some fraudulent attempts on some of my accounts and it has made me a little more aware that it probably would be a really good idea to change my passwords more often / make them more complicated. 

Do you have any tried and tested ways of staying safe online?

6 comments:

  1. I knew about it going to the server and how they can be faked as to be coming from you too. Bit scary! What happened with your grandparents, did they change their password after talking to you?

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    1. They managed to get in touch with their bank, whose fraud team helped them out. I think they will be more wary in the future.

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  2. This is a great infographic, Char. It's so easy to get fooled by so-called legitimate schemes these days even if you feel you are quite aware online, so for older people unused to being online it must be even more difficult and confusing. x

    www.creditcrunchchic.com

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    1. It's so worrying to think of all of the potential risks.

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  3. My Mum recently got an email from some scam artists claiming to be Amazon, asking her to email some of her details because they'd detected suspicious activity on her account in Mexico. She'd started to reply with her details but I think something clicked before she hit send. She was really panicked. I can't believe I had to explain to her that no real, reputable shop or bank will ever ask her to share her details online, and made her change her passwords to be safe. It's worrying how many people actually fall for these scams.

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    1. I know, but I always figure there can only be so many because some people must still be falling for them.

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