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Online Security. What matters is avoiding serious troubles every day

Online Security. What matters is avoiding serious troubles every day

 

 

Tips to protect your computer routines

These days, connecting with digital services is a daily practice: each day we communicate, speak and pay using PCs, smartphones and tablets.

This is why the topic of IT security is becoming increasingly important. Given the immediacy and ease with which we connect to the web through wi-fi and mobile networks, close attention must be paid to ensure secure access to email, home banking and social networks and to prevent thefts of information and money.

We must never lower our guard: here are some practical tips on how to behave to safely manage your computer routine  .

 

 

 

Phishing: how to recognize it and defend yourself from scams

 

 

 

In a sea of emails, there is always some bait ready to mislead you. Don't put your security at risk: it is important to recognise attempts at phishing so that you can't be reeled in.

Vishing and Smishing, the latest in cyber scams: be careful of text messages, WhatsApp and fake call centres

 

 

 

 

 

Suspicious links and unlikely promotions are wake-up calls for scams, hacker attacks and IT virus. Better not to be caught unprepared!


 

 

Password: how to create, remember and manage them safely

 

 

 

Does every application need a password? There are so many of them and it's not easy to remember them all. What you need to do is find the right way to choose them and keep them safe.

 

 

Dangerous files: how to protect your devices from viruses

 

 

 

 

Prevention is better than cure! Computer viruses are contagious but the best doctor for your PC and devices is you.

 

 

Tips to protect your computer routines

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Safe surfing: here's how to avoid getting trapped in a (public) net

 

 

 

 

Your device is at risk when you're connected to unsafe wi-fi connections, since they make identity frauds attempts more likely

Better safe than sorry! How secure are public wi-fi networks?

Phishing and scams by email: a risk for the self-employed and SMEs

 


A sudden change in a traditional payment method or an unexpected request from one of your suppliers sounds like a wake-up call. Find out how to protect your self!

 

 



UniCredit ATMs: secure withdrawals

 

 

 

 

 

Do you want to withdraw cash safely?
Find out how to protect yourself.

 

Withdrawing money from an ATM is something we do daily, often paying little attention to our actions. Yet users are regular victims of theft and fraud, crimes that are not limited to the elderly, as many people think. The Italian Postal Police report almost daily cases of 'cash trapping' to steal the bills distributed.


To protect its clients from risk, UniCredit uses ATMs equipped with the latest tamper-proof technology. For example, the card entry slot is protected by its special shape that prevents fraudsters from copying the magnetic strip. A message on the screen informs users immediately when withdrawal is not available. If, however, it is available but cash cannot be dispensed due to technical problems, the operation will be cancelled immediately.


What are the modus operandi of these fraudsters?

 

One trick is the 'forking' technique. A handmade tool measuring about 18 cm long (called a 'fork' because of the two tongs on one end) is inserted in the ATM slot that distributes the cash to capture the bills before they are released.


Once the 'fork' is in place, when an unwitting customer makes a withdrawal, the bills are blocked inside the machine, leading to believe there is a technical problem. All the thieves have to do is wait for the person to leave, then remove the device to recover the money.

 

Another scam frequently reported to the Authorities concerns ATMs located inside bank branches. In this case, a fraudulent device installed on the door exit release in the ATM lobby, captures the customer's card and dispenses a clone, hanging on to the real one. Often, to keep the hoodwinked customer from noticing the card switch, a few accomplices rush in and pretend that they need to make a withdrawal, thus hastening the victim out the door.


Therefore, since Forewarned is Forearmed, it is important to adopt common sense safety behaviour when you withdraw cash. Before the transaction, always make sure there is no one looking over your shoulder, shield your PIN code from indiscreet eyes, choose ATMs in central and busy locations and try to make withdrawals during the daytime.