We all love a bargain. Buying things online is getting the country through this crisis.
However, when you’re searching for stuff online, it’s always worth remembering that if something seems too good to be true… it probably is.
Of course a fancy coffee machine at 90% discount is appealing. And that new website designer does have incredibly low fees.
But will you actually receive anything once you’ve handed your money over?
If you land on a website offering something you want at an unbeatable price, do your research first. Look at the website address. Is it amazon.co.uk or is it actually discountamazon.co.uk? Does it have a trust mark? Is there a padlock in the address bar?
Check the spelling and grammar on the website. Is it perfect English, or could someone do with a spellcheck (or even English phrase book)?
Look at the ‘About us’ page. Does the company’s address match with what you’d expect? And what’s the returns policy like?
If you’re still not sure, look for some online reviews. If there are loads you’re probably safe (unless the reviews are terrible). If you struggle to find any it’s likely a bad sign.
As time goes on, cyber criminals are becoming more and more sophisticated in their techniques, so be vigilant. Never, I repeat, NEVER, make a bank transfer to a business you don’t know.
We will always be happy to help if you need any advice about scam websites, or want to check a website out. Even during home working it’s important to stay on top of this (in fact, more important).
You might not be there right now. But you have a fire escape plan in your workplace.
Of course you do, it’s a legal requirement.
You’ll have one or two people who act as marshalls. When that fire alarm sounds, it’s their job to make sure everyone’s out of the building in a calm and orderly fashion.
This is sort of how your emergency IT plan should work too.
Hopefully, if you have a security breach it won’t be so bad that everyone needs to evacuate. But someone should be responsible for making sure that an appropriate recovery plan is put into action in an efficient and timely manner.
Crucially, everyone in your business needs to know who to report a potential data breach to (would that be you, or someone else?).
The first step should be to not press any more buttons. And contact us to get on the case immediately.
This is as critical as ever, because your team aren’t physically together, so can’t just chat about it.
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