AV or not AV? Not a Difficult Question

These days we live off our mobile devices. Shopping, loyalty cards, bank details, contacts, login details, our location and so much more personal information is stored on our devices every second that it really does boggle the mind. So, what are we doing to protect ourselves and our information? Most people will have an antivirus program on their computer or laptop but they won’t have one for their mobile phone or tablet/laptop despite the fact that these are more powerful than the computers that put a man on the moon!!!

You don’t have to pay an arm and a leg for a good antivirus, many of the free ones are just as good keeping you and your bank account, Facebook profile, sales from viruses and hackers.

A quick internet search for “free mobile antivirus” will bring up dozens of reviews and articles allowing you to pick the one that you like the look of to keep you safe.

Who says you can’t get something for nothing?

DODGY EMAILS

Not a day goes by when dozens of new scams are logged by police and cyber-security agencies in the UK alone. The one that may be familiar to most of us is the Nigerian lottery that we haven’t entered, but hackers and scammers are getting more and more creative and their emails look slicker and more legitimate with every passing week.

If you receive an email from your bank, service provider, utilities company, windows, apple, google or anyone else telling you that you owe money or need to update your details through a link, then chances are it may be a scam.

  • Hover over the email address that it has come from, does it look legitimate?
  • Who is it addressed to? Have they used your name and put your account details on there?
  • Hover over any links, do they lead you to the correct website?
  • If you believe that it is legitimate then navigate to the company website yourself without clicking the link and ring them.

KEEP UP TO DATE

Software updates, they’re a pain, aren’t they?

Whilst they may be an inconvenience especially if they require you to restart your device, they are crucial to keeping you safe.

Whilst some updates might have cosmetic changes such as a new layout or a new function, the vast majority are to fix flaws in the program (often known as “bugs”) that hackers can exploit.

One bug on a popular social network simply required someone to type a certain string of code into the comments box and they got access to the users account.

The bug has since been fixed, so long as you have updated the software/application for it.

On all app stores, all operating systems and all devices there is the option to automatically update applications and programs when a new version is available.

We recommend that you do this over WiFi to avoid potentially using loads of mobile data but a quick look through your settings (search for update) on your app store and device should keep you safe with very little effort or inconvenience to yourself.

CONTACTS/HELPFUL WEBSITES:

www.thinkuknow.co.uk

https://www.westyorkshire.police.uk/blockthewebmonsters

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/

https://www.getsafeonline.org/

https://www.o2.co.uk/nspcc

This information was taken from a Neighbourhood Policing News Magazine.