Spell out SECURITY and stay safe online
On average UK adults spend over 3 hours each day using the Internet. We are shopping, watching shows, social networking and banking online. Many of the things we do on the Internet mean we have to share sensitive information such as our identity and bank account details.
We know how to protect ourselves in the real world, but we also need to have the same level of safety online too.
Here is a memorable list of quick tips to staying safe online using the word SECURITY:
'S' is for: Secure your online self; don’t share passwords
'E' is for: Emails containing links encouraging you to login to a well-known site shouldn’t be clicked; go to the website directly to login instead
'C' is for: Check that you are aware of the techniques fraudsters use. Our information pages will help you. Click here to find out more.
'U' is for: URLs are the website ‘address’ that is shown in your browser when you visit a website. They always start with http, but where there is an ‘s’ at the end, as in https, the ‘s’ stands for secure and it is safe to type in information like your name and address. For example, Al Rayan Bank https://alrayanbank.co.uk
'R' is for: Read emails and text messages carefully to ensure they are authentic. Phishing messages are sent by email or text and are used to steal your bank login, card details, and even install viruses on your computer
'I' is for: Identity theft happens when a cybercriminal gets hold of your personal information and uses it to commit fraud. This can include buying goods and services or even taking out finance in your name. Thieves can access your personal information by stealing your password (through Phishing techniques), or trick you into giving it on social media sites. Be very careful who you give your details to online
'T' is for: Trust needs to be earned. Vishing stands for ‘voice phishing’ where a fraudster will call you up on your phone, pretending to be a bank or the police then trick you into revealing passwords, PIN numbers, and card details. At Al Rayan Bank we will never ask you for these details over the phone
'Y' is for: Your password is your key to unlock many things. Keep it safe, change it regularly and don’t share it with anyone.
The threat from internet fraudsters is continually evolving. Al Rayan Bank takes online safety very seriously. We’ve written a series of tips showing you how to keep safe online, which we update regularly to make sure we keep you fully informed. Click here to find out more.