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Overview

Anti-virus software helps keep a number of cyber threats at bay, such as sextortion, fraud and identity theft.

Time required: 5 - 15mins

Difficulty: Easy

Software/hardware costs: £19.99 (annually)

Things to do

  • 1. Install anti-virus software.

  • 2. Learn how to spot a phishing email.

DETAILED HOW-TO INSTRUCTIONS

How-To Instructions

ONE. Install a decent anti-virus software.

a. All devices except iOS need an anti-virus.

  • iOS: no action required (due to the way the iOS operating systems is built it is inherently secure and actually installing an anti-virus on it can make it more susceptible to attack!)
  • macOS: install Bitdefender Antivirus Plus (£19.99). Avast is a good free alternative.
  • Android: use McAfee Total Protection Mobile Security (£6.99)
  • Windows: install Bitdefender Antivirus Plus (£19.99). Avast is a good free alternative.

 


 

TWO. Learn how to spot a phishing email.

a. The best two methods to identify a phishing email involve using your mouse (cursor) to investigate the senders email address and the attachment or link that’ll be in the email;

  • Is there an attachment or link? Any attachment or link that often has a generic name, e.g. “Invoice February 2017” should ring alarm bells. Take your mouse and hover over the link or button (without clicking on it!) and it’ll display the real destination of the website it’s taking you to.
  • Who is the sender? Use your mouse as above but with the sender’s email address and it’ll reveal the actual one. If it isn’t the same as the one displayed or official looking, then delete straight way.
  • Test your families’ phishing spotting skills by going to www.sonicwall.com

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