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Internet – is it safe?

Whether you’re at home or at work, chances are, you’ll receive emails from time to time that are not quite what they seem. Cyber criminals often create convincing emails that appear to come from bank, credit card company and other popular websites that hold financial or other sensitive data. Contained within will be links to copycat sites under the bad guys’ control which will steal your personal data – and maybe your money too – should you visit them and enter your username and password.

Be careful what you download, and ask questions about the site you are downloading from.

Think twice before clicking on links found in emails, especially if you don’t know the sender.

We live in a digital age in which we can download just about anything we want to watch, listen to or use… and have access to it almost immediately.

While there are hundreds of legitimate sites from which digital content can be downloaded, there are thousands more that offer bogus, and harmful content, filled with malware designed to steal your financial and other personal information.

So, if you must download the latest movie or song, think twice about where you are downloading it from.

Is the site well-known? Have any of your friends used the site without incident or unexpected surprises? Is it actually the site you think it is rather than a clone? (Check your browser for a padlock or a URL beginning with https:// for some certainty and don’t ever visit a download link sent to you via email

Lee Munson, BH Consulting, Social Media Manager

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