Using the internet is often necessary at work, but it poses a number of security risks. Online threats are constantly evolving, which makes them hard to prevent, and they are becoming more and more sophisticated. Viruses and malware can result in huge problems for businesses, and if you become a victim of a targeted hack then private data could be compromised.

With so many different threats to watch out for, it pays to be clued up when browsing online. Here are some of the biggest scams and security risks to look for, but be vigilant as hackers are always changing their tactics and preying on the ill judgement of the end user.

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So-called fake news is being talked about everywhere right now, as it seems that many web users can’t tell the difference between a legitimate and fake news story. Social media has allowed these false stories to be shared across t he world, and hackers have picked up on this natural curiosity of web users. Fake news sites are popping up everywhere and they have huge amounts of traffic – so they are now a target for spreading malware. Be wary of click-bait that sends you to suspicious sites. If you see a headline story, check the URL for a reliable source before clicking it.

Malicious email attachments

Most email providers offer some kind of spam protection and a junk box, but as threats evolve it’s impossible to block everything out. These days you’ll see phishing scams from all sorts of banks and professional bodies that look frighteningly real. Always check the email address before opening a message, and never download an attachment until you’re 100% sure it’s legitimate.

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The internet is a wonderland for fraudsters, as it makes their job so much easier. People can be caught up in fraud across a whole range of websites, whether it’s shopping, gambling, banking or donating to charity.

Protect your computer

It is essential that your computer is protected by a firewall and an antivirus program. A good antivirus software will block pop-ups and other material which it assumes is suspicious. It should also keep your personal details and passwords safe from hackers so you’ll never have to worry about identity theft.

Another tip is to always update your browser and plug-ins to the newest versions. If you choose not to, then you are leaving a window open for online threats to reach your computer as the latest versions always have improved security features.

Our experts are here to help if you have any question about online security.