You are the target!
You may not realise it, but your computer, your mobile devices, your Oxford accounts and your personal information all have tremendous value to criminals. With access to these, criminals could:
- ...get access to your email account to read or delete your emails, or use your account to send thousands of spam emails
- ...log into other online accounts like your bank account and steal money
- ...steal your credit card details and buy things online with them
- ...take control of your computer to record everything you do, hold you to ransom, attack other computers on the Internet or send spam
- ...use your personal details to commit fraud using your identity
But don't panic because taking just a few simple measures can help you defend yourself against cybercrime and prevent you from becoming another statistic:
- Use anti-virus to protect your computer from viruses, malware, worms, trojans, adware, etc.
- Update your software to avoid known security problems
- Lockup your laptop including Smartphones and tablets secure your hardware from loss or theft, etc.
- Attend our Security and Privacy Online courses
- Use secure passwords
- Don't fall for phishing attacks
- Be mysterious and protect your identity online, especially on social media (like Facebook)
The InfoSec team have come up with some quick answers to common questions.