Fraud victimisation was identified as being higher in the middle of the age distribution, where adults aged 45-54 were more likely to be a victim of fraud (7.9%) than 16-24 year olds (5.0%) or those aged 75+ (4.0%).
With regard to computer misuse, 22% of incidents involved loss of money or goods, all relating to computer viruses (442,000 incidents). With so many incidents affecting people throughout the UK it's important to protect against threats online. Here are our top 5 computer security tips:
Top Tip 1 - Always Keep Software up to date
Keeping vital software up to date can significantly reduce the risk of any intruders to your system and data. Old software code can be decrypted and exploited. Make sure you’re always one step ahead. Make use of your operating systems automatic updates and use web browsers such as Google Chrome that frequently update their security automatically.
Top Tip 2 - Avoid Phishing Scams
Phishing is when a fraudster sends emails disguising themselves as a reputable company and look to gather your personal details, passwords and bank or credit card details. Always remember the majority of businesses will never ask for these details through an email or phone call.
Top Tip 3 - Be Careful What You Click
Avoid clicking or downloading from untrustworthy sources. Certain websites or attachments in emails are designed to transfer malware to your computer or device.
Top Tip 4 - Protect Sensitive Data
Wherever possible always try to keep sensitive data off your computer or devices. Always remove sensitive data once it is no longer needed but if this isn’t possible always ensure data is encrypted
Top Tip 5 - Backup Your Data
Finally always backup your data. If you are a victim and your computer security is compromised the surest way to remove a virus is to erase all data and reinstall the system.