May 26, 2022 > News

Posted: Fri 18th Mar 2022

More than 10.5 million emails have been reported to the Government Communications Headquarters’ (GCHQ) Suspicious Email Reporting Service (SERS) since its launch in April 2020.

Over 76,000 online scams relating to the NHS, online deliveries, cryptocurrencies and more, have also been removed by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) which is part of GCHQ.

Launched in April 2020, the Suspicious Email Reporting Service helps the NCSC remove online scams and identifies new trends and patterns in phishing emails taking appropriate action.

A new campaign has been launched advising that people and small businesses use passwords made up of three random words and enable 2-step verification.

This will help keep out anyone who should not have access to an account, by requiring a second step after the password is entered, such as a code texted to the account holder’s phone.

In line with Cyber Aware’s advice, many email providers are now encouraging their customers to use 2SV.

Several online services such as those provided by HMRC also now ask their users to follow the Cyber Aware password advice.

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