There are a number of things that you can do to protect yourself against online fraud. Here, real-life victim of fraud Chris tells us his story, and Hannah from Experian explains how we were able to help him. She also explains what steps all of us can take to help protect ourselves from online fraud.
We spend much of our lives online, but it’s important that this doesn’t give us a false sense of security when we go online to shop, as so many of us now do.
There are a number of simple things we can all do to help avoid becoming a victim to identity theft.
– Be careful where you click – It’s best to use websites that you know and trust. Always look for a security padlock icon in the top left hand corner of a page before you register financial or personal information on a website. If an online deal sounds too good to be true, it quite probably is.
The need for parents to talk to their children about internet safety is more important than ever, with so many children now well-versed in using tablets and smartphones.
In many cases, by the time they are teenagers they may know more about online apps, games, social media networks and downloads than you do – but they may not be savvy enough to know how to protect themselves from online threats.
So it’s vital to educate children in the skills needed to respond to online situations they may encounter such as cyberbullying, phishing and inappropriate content or communication.