Time to unwind, and relax... Unfortunately, criminals do not go on
holiday, and people are especially vulnerable to fall for crimes during this
time. We agree with Kalyani Pillay, CEO of SABRIC (South African Banking
Risk Information Centre): " Criminals are always looking for opportunities
to defraud their victims, particularly at this time of year.."
a comprehensive list of helpful tips from SABRIC, to help people stay safe
during the festive season:
all requests for personal information and only provide it when there is a
legitimate reason to do so.
disclose personal information such as passwords and PINs when asked
to do so by anyone via telephone, fax or even email.
use any Personal Identifiable Information (PII) as a password, user ID or
personal identification number (PIN).
PIN numbers and passwords confidential.
carry unnecessary personal information in your wallet or purse.
destroying personal information, either shred or burn it (do not tear or
put it in a garbage or recycling bag).
assume that any Wi-Fi network you are using, especially those in public
areas, may be compromised.
to see if your router has any pending firmware updates by logging into the
admin page and install any waiting updates.
use internet cafes or unsecured terminals (hotels, conference centers
etc.) to do your banking.
your password regularly and never share these with anyone else.
personal and financial documentation safely. Always lock these away.
prevent your ID being used to commit fraud if it is ever lost or stolen,
alert the SA Fraud Prevention Service immediately on 0860 101 248 or
that you have a robust firewall and install antivirus software to prevent
a computer virus sending out personal information from your computer.
that apps you are using have end-to-end encryption.
using Wi-Fi, even if password protected, best to only connect to websites
that use HTTPS encryption. Ensure that you are connected via HTTPS - your
browser must show a little lock in the address bar which says
use of a VPN (Virtual Private Network) connection, but ensure you get this
from a reliable supplier.
Article courtesy of phishield, special risk underwriters
who offer an amazing product called “Funds Protect”.
To know more about how to protect your funds against on line crime, contact our
offices on 031-5021922 or visit our website www.esbrokers.co.za