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Only use your own devices
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Only use your own devices


How badly do you need to update your Facebook status? You can never know if someone elseís computer is infected with malware, has a key logger (tracks and stores everything you type on the keyboard) or is simply unsafe. Stick to your own devices as much as possible.


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Cleaning out your closet
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Cleaning out your closet

Here is a tip that applies to both your wardrobe and your apps: if you havenít used them if the past six months, it should go. Clean out old apps to get rid of vulnerabilities that cyber criminals can exploit. Decluttering feels good!


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Protect what matters
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Protect what matters

Prioritize your most sensitive accounts (especially accounts that have your banking or credit card information or sensitive personal information, like your date of birth, address or social insurance number).  Secure them with strong passwords and two-factor authentication if you can. Make it difficult as possible for anyone other than yourself to access them.

For sites that ask you to set up security questions, always make up your own question if you have the option.  Avoid questions that can be easily answered by visiting your social media profiles (donít use your motherís maiden name or the name of your high school, for example). 

And before you dispose of or sell an old computer or mobile device, make sure to completely wipe its hard drive.  Remove all files, personal photos and any information stored on them.



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You still need antivirus
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You still need antivirus


Get protection for your connection! Do a bit of research and choose an antivirus you trust. Antivirus is still very necessary, so donít skip it.  To further protect yourself, make sure your computerís firewall is turned on, and turn off file sharing to keep information on your computer safe.


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Should you plug that in?
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Should you plug that in?


Be careful what you plug into your computer. Never use a USB if you donít know where it came from or what might be on it! It can be infected with malware that can even resist formatting. Donít let curiosity get the best of you.

 

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Only open what you know
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Only open what you know


Don't open links, attachments or text messages from unknown sources. Delete and report suspicious emails and messages.  Spam (and violations that go along with it, such as phishing, malware, deceptive marketing, etc.) should be reported through the Spam Reporting Centre.


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Download with discretion
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Download with discretion

Make sure to only install apps and download files from trusted sources. Be aware of what you are downloading and sharing as well as the legal implications. Never install apps from untrusted sources on any device. Always use official websites and app stores to download and install apps. Fake apps can infect your device with malware or other harmful viruses. #DefendYourDevice



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Never leave your devices unattended
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Never leave your devices unattended


If you need to leave your computer, phone or tablet for any length of time Ė no matter how short Ė lock it so no one can use it while youíre gone. If you keep sensitive information on a flash drive or external hard drive, make sure to lock it as well. To protect your personal information, set passwords for your devices and set them to auto-lock after a short period of time. 




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Keep your computer and devices updated
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Keep your computer and devices updated

Protect your personal information, files and money from malware by installing updates to your device, apps and antivirus software as they become available. You can set software to Ďauto-updateí so you donít miss out on the latest security features.  Save data costs on your mobile devices by setting your updates to download only over Wi-Fi, and make sure your device is plugged in when youíre ready to install the update.

 

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Financial Crime Trend Bulletin
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Itís Cybersecurity month! Here is a special bulletin from the Canadian Antifraud center.





Financial Crime Trend Bulletin:

Internet Fraud

2017-10-01


Fraud: Recognize, Reject, Report


Purpose


October is Cyber Security Awareness Month, and while Canadians continue to fall victim to a number of online scams, The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre remains dedicated to assisting in the prevention and fight against Cybercrime. This fraud bulletin was prepared to help Canadians Recognize, Reject and Report these scams.


Ongoing Internet Scams


Romance Fraud

Fraudsters create fake profiles on social networking and online dating websites with the intention of luring potential victims into online relationships. The fraudsters have shown that they are willing to develop the relationship over an extended period of time; this increases the trust level between the victim and the fraudster which results in the potential victim usually losing more money.


Wire Fraud


Business Executive Scam

The Business Executive Scam involves a potential victim who receives an email that appears to come from someone they know such their employerís own chief executive officer, chief financial officer, human resource department or technical support department. Fraudsters will mimic or even take over a victimís email account. They then use the fake account to send a message to the accounting department advising that the executive is working at home or off-site, and the executive has identified an outstanding payment that needs to be made ASAP. The executive instructs that a payment be wired,

generally a large dollar amount (e.g. in excess of $100,000), to an identified person or business.


The Supplier Swindle

Canadian businesses lose significant amounts of money to fraudsters claiming to represent their regular supplier. The scam targets businesses that have existing relationships and accounts with suppliers and wholesalers. The scam usually involves a spoofed email informing the buyers of a change in payment arrangements. The email notice provides new banking details and requests that future payments be made to this ďnewĒ account.


Continuity Scams


As E-Commerce continues to grow, so do the opportunities to be victimized through online purchasesĖ specifically with a credit card. Continuity scams largely take place when someone who is online observes a pop-up or advertisement offering a free trial or free gift upon completion of a survey. Consumers who participate are often asked to provide a credit card to pay for shipping and handling. Unless victims review the terms and conditions of the offer, itís unlikely they will see the hidden fees associated to the offer, which includes overpriced monthly charges that are nearly impossible to cancel.


Phishing


Any unsolicited email falsely claiming to be from a legitimate organization such as a financial institution, business or government agency in an attempt to have the consumer surrender private and personal information. The email usually request or direct the consumer to visit a website where they are asked to update or provide personal and/or financial information.


Counterfeit Merchandise


Fraudsters trick Canadian consumers into buying counterfeit goods at discounted prices through spoofed websites. A spoofed website is when a fraudster imitates a legitimate website (for instance, retailers such as Canada Goose, UGG, Lululemon, Michael Kors, Coach and many more). When the consumer receives the product, it will be of low quality and will lack the name brand or certification. Counterfeit products can also result in personal injury.


Binary Options


Similar to gambling, binary options work much like a wager. All or nothing "bets" are invested based on how an asset will perform within a certain timeframe. The asset could be a stock, currency or commodity.


Websites are designed to attract users to trade binary options, and many claim to be risk free or to reimburse for lost wages. Initially, a virtual gain is seen, but there is no way to access the profits because they are non-existent. Currently in Canada, no business is registered or authorized to sell or market binary options.


It is always risky to invest in offshore companies, however investors that buy into a binary option run the risk of having their identity stolen, accumulating losses for unauthorized withdrawals on their credit cards and incurring high interest payments on an investment that doesn't exist.


Protect yourself online


If used insecurely, the internet provides an environment whereby consumers and businesses can be affected by a range of different scams. It is important to familiarize yourself with the common online scams to protect yourself.


Please visit our website at www.antifraudcentre.ca for a broader list of online scams.


If you think you or someone you know has been a victim of fraud, please contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or report online at www.antifraudcentre.ca


This document is the property of the CAFC. It is loaned to your agency/department in confidence and it is not to be reclassified, copied, reproduced, used or further disseminated, in whole or part, without the consent of the originator. It is not to be used in affidavits, court proceedings or subpoenas or for any other legal or judicial purposes. This caveat is an integral part of this document and must accompany any information extracted from it.


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