I’m a techie and Google Chrome users could get caught by a simple trick

A FRAUD FIGHTING expert has warned of an online trap that could expose you to scammers.

Speaking to The Sun, James Walker, CEO of UK anti-fraud outfit Rightly, highlighted a sneaky trick used by websites that could put your data in the wrong hands.

If you're using Google Chrome - or any other browser - beware of sites asking for permission for your data

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If you’re using Google Chrome – or any other browser – beware of sites asking for permission for your dataPhoto credit: Getty

These are the checkbox consent forms that many websites present to you on your first visit.

Under EU rules, websites must ask whether they will share the data they collect about you with third parties – such as B. Marketing companies – may pass on.

However, some websites don’t play by the rules and potentially expose you to crooks.

Under the UK version of the GDPR – the EU’s far-reaching data protection laws – visitors to a website must consent to their data being tracked.

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But many websites automatically log visitors as logged in unless they uncheck a box on the consent form.

Many website visitors simply click accept the moment the form is presented to quickly get to what they came for.

However, doing so can put your data at risk, James said – and risk it falling into the hands of scammers.

“We should minimize the amount of data we share,” he told The Sun. “Beware of websites that ask you to log out instead of logging in.

“We always thought that GDPR meant you had to tick a box to consent to the sharing of your data.

“But many companies break the law.

“They made it so that if you don’t check the box your data will be shared. That’s the wrong way.”

Online scams remain a hugely popular way of making money among criminal gangs, with scammers stealing £1.3billion last year.

They most commonly take the form of phishing scams, where an attacker poses as a bank or social media platform to obtain your passwords, email address, or other sensitive information.

Phishing scams are more effective when the senders know personal information like a password or your date of birth.

This makes the data collected by some websites a useful tool for cyber crooks hoping to rip you off.

If you agree to the transfer of your data to third parties, they can improve your web experience by making the ads you see more personal.

However, the data you provide could potentially fall into the wrong hands.

That’s because while your data is meant to be shared with marketing companies, it sometimes ends up on the dark web.

James said: “If you choose to share your information with these sites, you don’t know where it’s going, how it’s being shared or how it’s being used.

“That can end up with so-called data brokers who resell your data to hundreds of organizations if possible. Some of them could very well be scammers.”

He urged internet users to opt out of third-party tracking wherever possible to protect their privacy.

Brits are falling victim to online scams more than ever. Their popularity among crooks soared during the Covid-19 lockdown.

A study published by Rightly on Tuesday found that almost half of Britons have either been the victim of, or come close to, an online scam.

The survey, which was filled out by 2,000 adults across the UK, found that more than a third (37 per cent) of those people have lost money as a result.

Blame seems to be a lack of awareness as Brits fail to take basic security measures and they are subject to scams.

For example, less than a third of respondents regularly change their passwords, while just 45 percent are suspicious of free Wi-Fi spots in hotels and airports – a favorite hunting ground for scammers.

James said online fraud is a huge problem that isn’t talked about enough.

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“It’s this hidden crime that victims are too embarrassed to talk about,” he said. “That’s why everyone gets away with it.”

“We talk about fraud happening, but no one sees the scale and harm it is causing to individuals.”

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