We take your online security very seriously and are committed to keeping your data and your money safe.
Every day, millions of us share information online – to pay bills, shop, and keep in touch with friends. We should all take steps to keep our information secure, so to help you do this we’ve put together these handy tips for protecting yourself online.
Unfortunately, fraudsters are using the uncertainty of the pandemic to launch new online scams aimed at getting people to part with their money. Often targeting those who are more vulnerable or susceptible to being scammed, fraudsters are getting ever more sophisticated.
We’ve put together a list of helpful resources, which you can use in addition to our existing tips, to help you keep your money safe. We would urge all members to be extra vigilant for scams.
This type of software checks for malicious computer programmes and viruses and will warn you against opening suspicious looking files. It’s important to keep your antivirus software up to date to make sure you’re protected against the most recent viruses. Also, always use the latest version of your web browser (i.e. Google Chrome or Internet Explorer), which will incorporate the latest security features.
Here are some ways to check if a website is secure:
Phishing is when fraudsters send emails made to look like they come from a genuine financial company. Vishing and smishing are the phone and text equivalents. These scams will ask for confirmation of your personal details and can look and sound very authentic, often linking to convincing looking websites.
If you ever receive an unexpected email, text or call like this, don’t click on any links or open attachments, and never enter give out your personal details. Contact the genuine company directly to query the email, text or call. Use a separate internet browser to search for their official website and customer support contact details.
We’re committed to working with members, local organisations,
and employers to increase financial awareness in the wider community.
For more hints and tips check out our Financial Wellbeing Hub,
which includes articles and guides covering everything from budgeting to getting onto the property ladder.
If you have any questions or would like help with any of our services, please contact us on 0141 274 9933.