The fraudsters are getting cleverer and more sophisticated, and it seems that we are all a target in both our personal and business lives.
This is so much the case that the Scottish Government has launched a strategy aimed at helping business organisations and individuals stay safe while using the web.
At Carbon we have experienced fraudsters first-hand and they have always been stopped at the first post. Our systems and processes are rigorously tested on a regular basis, and staff are trained to make sure that we never find ourselves the victim of a scam or a fraud. We have many safeguards in place for clients: for example, we always follow up email instructions for monies to be disinvested with a phone call.
Our firewalls have to be very tight; so if clients ever find they don’t receive a prompt reply to an email, we suggest they ring us, just in case the secure system has prevented their mail from reaching us.
The good news is that it is estimated that as much as 80% of cybercrime can be prevented by getting the basics right.
So what can we do?
We asked Graeme Scott of SARN Technologies for his expert opinion on how to protect yourself from cybercrime. This is his advice:
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