Computer Security Day: how to protect yourself online

November 30th is Computer Security Day, a day that has been celebrated since 1988.

As computers became increasingly interconnected and commonplace, the security risks associated with them also rose. Computer Security Day was created to raise awareness of these risks and educate people about how to combat them.

We thought we’d take this opportunity to remind you of all the security measures we have in place here at Wirex, and the steps you can take to ensure the safety of your funds.

  1. Enable Strong Customer Authentication (SCA) - SCA is an additional layer of security used to protect your payments. It involves verifying a customer’s identity using additional information, e.g. a one-time code. Think of it as entering your PIN but for online transactions.

  2. Choose a memorable word - memorable words help us ensure that your account is only being accessed by you. They’re set up alongside your password and PIN and allow us to recognise you when you log in. Your memorable word should be easy to remember, but not easy to guess.

  3. Use a complex password - a complex password is a strong deterrent against hackers. When setting your password, we’ll provide you with an actionable recommendation for making it more secure. Don’t forget, it’s important that you never share your password with anyone.

  4. Authorise any devices you want to access your account on - two-factor authentication (2FA) requires customers to provide two means of identification in order to access their account. In addition to their existing factor, which is usually a password, a one-time code generated via text or authentication app is also required. Enabling 2FA ensures that only you can get into your Wirex account.

  5. Keep an eye out for scams and fraudsters - it’s important to stay alert! There are a lot of scammers out there pretending to be us, which is why we created this list of tips to help you spot them.

Don’t forget, you can get in touch with our Support Team or message us here on the Community Forum if you have any questions about any of our security measures. Stay safe!

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