There are four things you can do to help protect yourself online.
Don't wait for something to go wrong,. Take proactive steps to help keep you safe by keeping your PC secure, keeping passwords and PINs secret, installing patches and security updates, protecting your identity online and being careful if using the internet in public places.
While email is useful, it can also have risks. This can be with receiving emails you don't want, emails not being delivered or emails being intercepted.
Writing an email is a bit like writing a postcard when you're on holiday:
While social networking sites e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin connect people across the world to share news etc, there can be danger in sharing too much information. Fraudsters can use the information posted which can lead to identity fraud.
While online shopping may be useful, it also has dangers if you use sites which are not always what they seem. Know how to protect yourself by checking out the site, and the company details, before you enter your payment details. If paying by card, it can be safer to use a credit rather than a debit card.