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Published: 04/10/2016   Last Updated: 04/10/2016  
Tags: Stay Safe On Line

With more of us than ever using our computers to make financial transactions it’s more important than ever to make sure that we know how to avoid internet scams. According to the Citizens Advice Bureau over 4 million people were victims of an on-line scam in 2014. Even the most computer savvy person can get caught out, as fraudsters are constantly changing tack when it comes to trying to access our money. So here is a guide to making sure you keep secure and do not fall foul of phishing:

• Always avoid clicking on email links into any of your on-line accounts – make sure that you type in the correct URL address into your browser’s window.

• Keep your passwords in a safe place. If you create a passcode with capitals, symbols and numbers then it makes a code much harder to crack – check out this website to see how safe your password is.

• When you pay on line always make sure that there is either a padlock or an https symbol on the top left of the URL, the ‘s’ stand for secure.

• Avoid paying for anything on-line if you are using an open server – such as in a hotel or restaurant.

• Make sure that your firewall is turned on in your computers settings

• Use anti-virus software and keep it up to date