Much of life and work moved online and became the new normal because of the COVID‑19 pandemic. As a result, it’s more important than ever to ensure that we’re aware of how to protect ourselves against online fraud and that our friends and family stay in the know about emerging scams. Here are a few tips:
- Assist older adult relatives or those who aren’t so cyber savvy to ensure that good cyber security protocols are in place. Be generous with your time if possible to help set up strong unique passwords, secure their home wi-fi, and educate about the perils of accidently downloading malware.
- New social media users will benefit from knowing how to protect your online identity.
- Download and provide a copy of, or send a link to, the CBA’s Cyber Security Toolkit for consumers. With a cyber hygiene checklist and tips on how to spot common scams, it provides the basics of how to protect yourself online.
- If you have a small business, provide regular professional development opportunities to learn about cyber security. The CBA’s Cyber Security Toolkit for Small Businesses can get you started.
Free cyber security resources and training
The CBA and its member banks have a number of free fraud prevention resources that you can share to keep you, and your friends and family cyber safe:
- The CBA has information about various types of fraud and tips on how consumers can protect themselves at: cba.ca/fraud. You can determine where to start by reviewing the CBA’s cyber security and fraud prevention learning guide.
- Canadians can sign up to receive Fraud Prevention Tips by e-mail at cba.ca/fraudpreventiontips.
- Fraud prevention resources and tutorials are available at cba.ca/financialwellness and at the following links:
- Through the CBA’s Your Money Students program, volunteer bankers provide money management seminars to local high school student and discuss how to keep their money safe and avoid scams. More information about Your Money Students can be found at cba.ca/students.
- The CBA offers a free fraud prevention seminar for seniors as part of its Your Money Seniors financial literacy seminar program. More information about Your Money Seniors can be found at cba.ca/seniors.