I’m sure you must have heard of those infamous emails a few years back from a “Nigerian Prince” demanding your bank account information to “share” his inheritance with you or most recently, messages purporting to be from Canada Revenue Agency where you “owe” thousands in backed taxes and can pay them back with Itunes gift cards. I’m sure some of you are thinking “I would never fall for that!!!” but unfortunately some people do. It’s not because they aren’t as smart or clever as the rest of the population. It’s because some of these scams are constructed to appear legitimate. It’s important to keep in mind common sense tips to ensure that you don’t fall victim to scams or have your identity stolen online.
Common Sense Tips for safe cyber surfing:
- Don’t give out personal information
- Don’t trust people you don’t know or haven’t met
- Don’t download unknown files or click on unknown links
- Set strong passwords for your accounts as well as your Wi-Fi
Although these tips may seem to be very basic, it is important to have occasional reminders as many of us live fast-paced lives and sometimes need a refresher on the basics just like this article by Gary Davis that names the top 5 most dangerous email subject lines.
For more reading on internet safety, visit the RCMP’s information page where you’ll learn about other safety themed topics. Next week’s blog will continue on the cyber-safety theme, precisely dealing with teens and cyber bullying.
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