Each day this week, in the build up to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, we’ll be offering you tips and advice to stay as safe as possible when shopping online.
Stick To Trusted Brands & Sites
The big names in retail go to great lengths to secure their sites or mobile apps. Just be sure to always double check that the name is spelled right in the URL (so “amazon.com” not “amaz0n.com”) – small differences like the number 0, instead of the letter o could be the only difference.
It’s also important that the app comes from an official corporate site or an app store and is clearly labelled, and that the logo and colours match the brand.
If you plan to stick with browsers, look for the “S” at the end of HTTP in the address bar of your browser. (It sometimes appears only after you’ve logged in or clicked to the shopping basket.) If the “S” is not there, play it safe shop somewhere else.
Look for the “S” at the end of the http.
Complete the new 2016 Cyber Crime survey, so we can see the full scope of Cyber Crime in Warwickshire, and across West Mercia and the West Midlands – https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/RegionalCyber16
For more information about our work, please visit www.safeinwarwickshire.com/cybercrime
Cyber Aware is a cross-government campaign, funded by the National Cyber Security Programme. They aim to measurably and significantly improve the online safety behaviour and confidence of consumers and small businesses (SMEs).
Get Safe Online is the UK’s leading source of factual and easy-to-understand information on online safety. Their website offers advice on how you can protect yourself, your computers and devices, and your business against the likes of fraud, identity theft, viruses and other potential online problems.
ThinkUKnow is a national website which offers tailored advice to young people about online safety concerns. There is also a section on there if you are a parent/carer or a teacher who is concerned about a young person’s safety online.