According to the South African Banking Risk Information Centre (SABRIC), South Africa has the third highest number of cybercrime victims worldwide, resulting in a loss of about R2.2 billion each year to cyber-attacks.
This means that every time you log onto your smartphone, computer or open an email, you and your employer are at risk of being exposed to cybercrime. For this reason, we would like to keep you informed and share information to help you protect yourself and your organisation from criminal activity:
- Read about cybercrime – The more you know, the more likely you are to spot a con and the less likely you will fall for scams.
- Do not use your social media profiles to log in to other accounts.
- Do not click on links or icons in random emails. Do not reply to these emails. Delete them immediately.
- Create complicated passwords on all your devices that are not easy to decipher and change them often. Remind your colleagues to do so as well.
- Educate your peers, family, and children with smartphones about cybercrime.
- Do not respond to random emails or SMS messages claiming that you have won a prize or inherited money.
- Keep an eye on your monthly statements to identify unusual and/or unauthorised transactions or behaviours.