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So, its coming to the first official week of the lockdown in the UK and the internet seems to have been put through its paces. I for one have watched Merlin again and currently halfway through Doctor Who. David Tennant for me…. 

Those that caught our post on social media recently will be aware that there are individuals taking scamming to a new level. The HMRC Facebook site has a video, just enter “HMRC Scammers” in the your search box or you can view the video at the bottom of this post.

In light of this we put a checklist together to help you stay safe on the internet.

  • Ensure your device has the latest updates.
  1. Apple – Settings > General > Software Update
  2. Android – Setting > About Phone > Updates
  3. Microsoft – Click the Start (windows) button and click on the settings (gear icon). Select Update and Security. Choose Windows Update in the left sidebar. Select Check for Updates. Windows should install these automatically

Make sure that you read the latest Terms and Conditions on the respective manufacturer/supplier website and follow their instructions

  • Antivirus

For around £2.00 a month, you can get a packaged “Internet and Antivirus Solution”.

Free antivirus doesn’t always provide you with sufficient security so coupling this with an anti-malware app might be better.

NOTE: Not all apps are able to work together so make sure that you check compatibility before you install.

EVERY DEVICE YOU HAVE CONNECTED TO YOUR HOME NETWORK SHOULD HAVE PROTECTION

  • Routers

Your internet provider will have provided you with this. It’s normally their responsibility to ensure that the firmware/software is up to date. Check on your service provider’s website.

  • Wi-Fi

Passwords for these are normally on the routers themselves. As a business, its good practice to change this every so often. As a home user you tend to just use what you are given. A mixture of Uppercase, Lowercase, Numbers, Punctuation and a minimum of 8 characters is best.

  • IMPORTANT

Everyone likes to receive emails, makes you feel important and can be a possible opportunity. Read with caution, it just takes one click on a malicious email and you have potentially downloaded something nasty onto your machine.   

Always look at the sender address, is it a name you recognise, does the address after the ‘@’ symbol precisely match the sender’s official website? For example emails from Amazon should have either @amazon.co.uk or @amazon.co.uk in their address.  

Are you expecting an attachment? 

Stay Safe everyone

Beware of scammers

We are aware of scammers claiming to be from HMRC offering financial support as a result of #coronavirusIf you receive an email, text or call claiming to be from us that asks you to click on a link or give information such as your name, credit card or bank details, it’s a scam.

Posted by HMRC on Friday, 27 March 2020

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