Be safe online
Be cyber smart
A message for everyone
What is a Cyber-Attack
A cyber-attack is a deliberate attempt by an individual or group to damage computers and online systems, steal data and information, and use this information to ask for money.
It is important to realise that anyone can be the target of financial scams and hoaxes at any time.
What is Phishing?
Phishing is where you open a text message or an email from somebody you do not know, who may not be who they say they are.
This message will have a link, and if you click on this link, it will allow the cyber-attackers into your computer, phone or your email account. They can then:
- Ask you for personal information, for example your date of birth, phone number, passwords etc.
- Ask you for money for something you do not want.
- Get information you do not want them to have access to.
What do you do?
- Assume the message is suspicious and do not open it.
- Speak to a member of staff, friend, family member or colleague and ask their advice.
How to Protect Yourself Online
Set up strong passwords for all your devices. When you create a password, do not use the following details:
- Your address
- Birth date
- Phone number
- House name / number.
The Best Passwords are a mixture of letters and numbers with at least 8 letters and numbers in length. Protect your passwords carefully.
Know how to keep yourself safe online
- Take your time and think twice, because not everything may be as it seems.
- Use the correct privacy settings on your social media profiles.
- Do not become an online “friend” or link with someone on social media, unless you know them, or have a reason to connect with them.
- Do not click on pop-ups or ads that state that you have won a prize.
- Be very cautious of phone calls or voicemails from unknown phone numbers, or from someone you were not expecting to contact you.
- Never share your personal information until you know that the caller is a genuine representative of the organisation they claim to represent.
- Even if this person may already have basic information about you such as your name, address, account details.
- People are not always who they claim to be. Do not assume a caller is genuine because they have these details, if unsure hang up and contact the organisation with a separate number you have for them.
- The Bank or the Gardaí /Police will never ask for the following your credit or debit card PIN number or full online banking password.
Your best defence is to stay informed, alert, and secure. Keep your personal data private – bank details, age, date of birth, address.
If you have any concerns or questions please talk to a member of staff.
If you would like more information on how to protect yourself online, here is a helpful link: https://www.fraudsmart.ie/personal/fraud-scams/