While email can be a convenient way to communicate between friends, family and work, it can be a nightmare if you get hacked. Not only is it a hassle, but you can also fall victim to fraud.
The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau’s (NFIB) Proactive Intelligence Team spoke to a convicted hacker who said: “You’ll be surprised what information people send on email. I’ve got hold of people’s bank account numbers because they have sent them on Hotmail. When I’m in someone’s email account I search for things such as invoices, PayPal receipts, online shopping and anything financial. Once I’ve got these, I’ll try and log in!”
It is easy to see why hackers like having access to your email accounts, which is why it is important you take some steps to protect yourself.
Consider using different emails for different purposes
It is a good idea to consider using different email accounts for different purposes such as work, personal, online shopping etc. This spreads the risk and will also help you figure out what precisely may have fallen into the wrong hands if one of them is hacked.
Take advantage of Two-Factor Authentication (2FA)
Enabling 2FA is one of the best ways to make sure your accounts don't get hacked. 2FA is a feature that asks for more than just your password. It requires both "something you know" (like a password) and "something you have" (like your phone). Most email suppliers provide this feature and have step by step instructions on how to install it.
Watch out for suspicious emails and use anti-virus
If you receive an email from a sender you don’t recognise, don’t click on any links or download any attachments. Hackers will often try to trick you into revealing your password or downloading a virus onto your device to gain access to your account. Additionally have anti-virus installed on all your devices and keep it up to date.
Be careful when using public Wi-Fi and shared computers
Avoid logging into your email account from a public computer (eg. at a hotel, internet cafe) as it could be infected with spyware. Additionally don’t connect to unsecured public Wi-Fi, use mobile data services such as 4G to access your accounts instead.
Have a secure password
Passwords are your first defence against hackers. For a secure password you should use three words and include a symbol, upper/lower case letters and numbers. Remember the more complex and unique to you your password is, the harder it is to crack.
Use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) for extra security
Use a trusted VPN service in order to secure your web traffic. By using a VPN you’ll be encrypting all of your data that passes through the network. Find out the benefits of running a VPN on your laptop and smartphone.
If the unfortunate does happen and your email does get hacked, change your password immediately, run an anti-virus scan on your device and report it to us.
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A 31 year old woman was arrested for drink driving, driving without a licence and driving with no insurance at South Loch Road, St Fillans on Saturday 13th July (CR/18260/19)
On Saturday 13th July, a 54 year old man was arrested after being found within a building with intent to steal in Isla Road, Perth. (CR/18305/19)
A 31 year old male has been identified as responsible for the sneak in thefts which occurred at various locations within the Perth area on Tuesday 2nd July. (CR/17058/19)
Between Wednesday 3rd and Saturday 6th July a quantity of money, clothing & watches were stolen from a property in Monart Road, Perth. (CR/17885/19)
Overnight on Tuesday 9th July, the spare wheels were stolen from 4 vans at Turner Hire Drive, Inveralmond Industrial Estate, Perth. (CR/17938/19)
About 2am, Wednesday 10th July, a ladies blue Apollo Hybrid Bike was stolen from a cellar in Low Road, Perth. (CR/18042/19)
Between 8am and 1:30pm, Wednesday 10th July, a flat was broken into at Pomarium Street, Perth. (CR/17939/19)
Between 9:30pm, Wednesday 10th and 12:30pm, Thursday 11th July, the rear window of a red Volkswagen was smashed whilst parked in Inchaffray Street, Perth. (CR/18071/19)
Between 4pm, Friday 12th and 4pm, Sunday 14th July, money was stolen from a flat in Inchaffray Street, Perth. (CR/18301/19)
About 3am, Friday 12th July, a black Honda Civic was stolen from a car park in Tulloch Terrace, Perth. The vehicle was recovered nearby after having been involved in a 1 vehicle collision. (CR/18066/19)
Between 8:20am and 5pm, Friday 12th July, 3 Motocross Enduro Bikes were stolen from a property at Tibbermore. (CR/18135/19)
Between 7pm and 9:30pm, Sunday 7th July, a number of parcels were stolen from a car parked in Lumsden Crescent, Almondbank. (CR/17900/19)
Overnight on Tuesday 9th July, a Commodore Mountain Bike was stolen from a garage in Drummond Terrace, Crieff. (CR/17934/19)
Overnight on Monday 8th July, graffiti was spray painted on walls at The Community School of Auchterarder. Recently offensive graffiti was also found in the underpass at Ruthven Street. (CR/18148/19)
Overnight on Tuesday 9th July, the brake lines were cut on a Toyota Hilux parked on Orchil Estate, Braco in an apparent attempt to move it in order that the suspects could gain access to a work shed. No entry was gained. (CR/17931/19)
Between Monday 8th and Friday 12th July, an eagle garden ornament and a power washer were stolen from a garden in Glendevon. (CR/18483/19)
Between Friday 12th and Monday 15th July, red diesel and a battery were stolen from two road roller machines parked in a layby at Castlehill Reservoir, Glendevon. (CR/18353/19)
About 3am, Wednesday 17th July, Nisa, Bridge of Earn Road, Dunning was broken into by 5 males driving a black Ford Kuga which was bearing false plates. The registration plates had been stolen a short time earlier from a vehicle in Scotlandwell. (CR/18535/19)
Between Friday 12th and Monday 15th July, the number plates were stolen from a Volvo V40 in Balfour Crescent, Milnathort. (CR/18360/19)
Between 4pm, Sunday 14th July and 10am, Monday 15th July, The Hermitage Café, Dunkeld was broken into. An attempt was also made to gain entry to the parking meter in the car park. (CR/18351/19)
Between 5:20pm, Thursday 11th and 9am, Friday 12th July, Highland Fling Bungee, Killiecrankie was broken into. (CR/18082/19)
Between 11:30pm, Sunday 14th and 1am, Monday 15th July, a break in occurred at Ballinluig Services. (CR/18330/19)
Between 12:30pm and 8pm, Sunday 14th July, 2 paddle boards and paddles were stolen from the shores of Loch Tummel at Strathtummel. (CR/18389/19)
Anyone with any information that may be useful should contact Tayside Division on 101 or any police officer, quoting the crime reference number listed at each incident. Alternatively information can be passed anonymously via the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Local Area Commander
Perth and Kinross
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