Easy Cybersecurity steps to keep hackers at bay

Easy Cybersecurity steps to keep hackers at bay

New EU laws will help protect consumers but some simple practical measures can boost your security. Look our for a great article in today’s Irish Times ‘Cybersecurity steps to keep hackers at bay’ ( Ciara O’Brien) - 28th June 2019

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7 Scams to be aware of (and why we think Conor Pope is God!)

7 Scams to be aware of (and why we think Conor Pope is God!)

We think this is a really great article from Conor Pope in this morning's Irish Times - it's worth taking time out to look at his synopsis of the most common scams listed below, but in addition we advise you take on board the following advice: 

  • Always read your emails carefully (watching you for tell tell tale grammatical errors, spelling mistakes) 

  • Make a habit of hovering (never click) over the sender's details as it can reveal bogus email addresses when you take a closer look

  • Never give details to unsolicited calls from Microsoft, your bank or any company who proclaims that your financial or email accounts are in danger

  • We strongly advise that organisations don't put details of their financial or accounts staff on their company website as were have seen a huge increase in personalised targeting of such staff. 

  • And finally, watch out for fake Office 365 notification emails, especially links to fake 365 websites or log on screens that just that pop up on your computer

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Scamming & Phishing - How to Spot Fake Emails?

Scamming/Phishing is a massive issue globally for individuals and businesses alike.  In 2014 alone, Microsoft estimated that such scams cost the world a whopping $4 billion annually! Each day,  scammers and spammers send out millions of fake emails, pretending to be legitimate companies in the hope that just one person will:

  • Click the attached link (every click is tracked) this means you and your email address will be an easy target for future attacks/scammers
  • Fill out a form with your email and password -  these details may unlock other accounts (e.g. your email account, social media/Paypal etc) allowing future scams. 
  • Reveal their credit card details 
  • Click a link that takes you to another scam page, where the scammer generates a lead and then earns a commission from a 3rd party etc.

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PayPal Advice - how to spot a fake email

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