Sunday, June 23, 2024

Navigating the constant stream of scams

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The latest data released by Cert NZ shows financial loss due to cybercrime was up 66% in the first quarter of 2023.

So, with the ever-growing risk posed by digital threats including phishing emails, fake websites and scam texts, how can you stay safe online in 2023?

At Geeks on Wheels, we see first-hand all too often the damage and distress scammers can cause. After 18 years of helping Kiwis with their tech, we’ve learned how quickly scammers adapt and how important a strong defence is.

How well are you and your devices defended? Do you have two-factor authentication enabled? Are you using different passwords for your accounts? Do you know the tell-tale signs of a scam?

Here are a few handy tips you might find useful:

  • Keep your devices protected by downloading antivirus software. At Geeks on Wheels, we use and recommend Malwarebytes Premium.
  • Make sure your accounts are secured with two-factor authentication. This means adding an extra layer of protection such as a security code sent to you via text or email. Always use complex and hard to guess passwords or passphrases, avoiding any personal information and try to use different passwords for each account.
  • The best defence is knowledge, make sure you know how to spot scams! Look out for spelling errors and poor grammar. Be wary of messages that create urgency. Always inspect the sender’s email address for unusual combinations of numbers or letters. Exercise caution when encountering impersonalised communications, as legitimate companies will usually address you by your name. And most importantly don’t click suspicious links.

A good line of defence is a great prevention measure to keep you safer online. If you’re interested in protecting your devices and online accounts, contact the friendly team at Geeks on Wheels.

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