Surfing the Internet safely

There are so many things to do online. The Internet has ballooned massively since the 1990s and now the majority of us rely on it for day-to-day life. Whether it is checking our bank accounts or paying our bills, or communicating with family and friends around the globe, we are just a few clicks away from what we need.

However, with the rise of the Internet has come the rise of the fraudster. There are people who spend their lives trying to scam money and information from other people. Whether it is via fake emails with dodgy links or viruses spread through social media, there are many traps awaiting more naïve web-users.

Always be careful when clicking links in emails. Phishing scams claim to be from your bank but take you to fake websites designed to capture your login details. Other links may download viruses onto your computer which can steal your personal details and send information to hackers. Any emails that seem unusual – full of spelling errors, for example – should be treated with caution.

Also watch what information you share online. Personal information can be gathered from various places – different social media accounts, for example – and put together to give fraudsters a broader picture of you as a person.