It is always important to remain vigilant when trading on digital currency exchanges. Today there are plenty of ways in which scammers try to manipulate users, as a cryptocurrency trader, to fall for their schemes and scam users into sending them crypto.
Below are some recommendations to counter these methods and protect users and their account from falling victim to extortion and fraudulent activity.
What is in this article?
- Protecting yourself from scams
- Keeping your devices secured
- Securing your email address
- Social Media Accounts
- Managing Passwords and 2FA (Two-Factor Authentication)
- Securing your Coins
- Geo-Lock Login on your account
- Secure Website Browsing
- Other security features
Protecting yourself from scams
We strongly encourage users to educate themselves on what some common scams are and how to protect yourself from these scams.
Please take the time to read the article and familiarise yourself on some examples that are currently taking place amongst common social media platforms, messaging apps, emails and various websites to try reach out to you.
Protecting Yourself from Scams
Know your Social Media Scams
Keeping your devices secured
Personal devices are to stay personal! Providing access to your own device is like handing over your personal details. We urge users to stay vigilant against scammers and prevent them from gaining access to personal devices, we provide suggestions below on how to keep safe against this.
- Do not give another person remote access to your devices under any circumstance. A popular example of remote access includes installing software such as Anydesk.
- Keep your apps and installed software up to date, ensure this by regularly checking they are updated to the latest versions.
- Avoid autofill when logging into the relevant website.
- Do not save your login credentials on publicly accessible devices
Securing your email address
As your email address is the main point of contact and a utility to identify you as a user, there can be major security concerns if the email you use for your CoinSpot account is or has been compromised on the internet and is used across multiple websites. Below are some tips to protect your email address.
- Have a different email address specifically for your CoinSpot account rather than using your work or personal email address.
- Communication to and from CoinSpot should be treated as sensitive, especially if you have provided personal or account information via email. Consider permanently deleting any correspondence from your email account inbox.
- Do not store any private documents in your email (e.g. Drivers Licence details, photo of your Passport, etc..) these can be used to steal your identity.
- Ensure that your email mailbox is secure, enabling App Based 2FA is best for an extra layer of security when logging in.
Social Media Accounts
With so many social media platforms on the internet, it has been easier than ever to connect with individuals. With this in mind, we provide suggestions in preventing unknown third parties in sending unsolicited messages to your social media accounts.
- Your account may have the option to turn on Private mode from the account settings. This will prevent unknown contact reaching out, filtering their messages to a spam inbox.
- Use a different first or last name on the account.
- Avoid repeating passwords across accounts
- Disable the ability to be found on search engines
- Mark yourself invisible through posts, tags, comments, likes, through friend lists.
- Do not display, hide your mobile number
Managing Passwords and 2FA (Two-Factor Authentication)
Passwords are your first layer of security when logging into your account, they can also be your weakest layer of security if they are a repeated, weak or easy to guess password.
- Use complex passwords for your email and accounts, you can use random password generators, such as Lastpass Password Generator, which will also store your passwords for you.
- Never give your 2FA code, username and password or sensitive information to someone on the phone or via email. CoinSpot will never request these details over the phone or via email.
- Activate App Based 2FA wherever you can - print your recovery codes and store them safely in case you need to install 2FA on another device.
- Please read this article to setup 2FA.
Securing your Coins
Offline personal wallets are highly regarded when it comes to keeping your coins safe and further protected against hackers.
- Store coins and tokens in your own private cold storage device.
- Do not send coins and tokens to any persons you don't 100% trust. Once sent, the transaction cannot be reversed
- Common and most popular brands amongst the community in crypto for cold storage wallets can be Trezor or Ledger.
- An individual approaching you promising extraordinary returns are likely going to steal your funds. You wouldn't give a stranger cash would you?
Geo-Lock Login on your account
Geo-Lock logins restrict logins to Australia only whilst blocking international logins.
We highly recommend our users ENABLE Geo-Lock Logins to prevent attempted unauthorised international logins.
If users are planning on travelling overseas or leaving Australia permanently we would recommend users have this disabled.
Enable Geo-Lock Logins through the article here.
Secure Website Browsing
Check the browser address bar
- Look for ‘https://’ and padlock symbol on your browser's address search bar for the merchants website.
- This will indicate whether you are visiting a secure website, information sent and received from the website will be private. However, always be careful when sharing private information such as personal and financial details.
- Ensure the website you are visiting is correct. Occasionally, there may be phishing websites, whichreplicate a similar domain name and appearance of the legitimate website.
- Ensure you have a strong anti-virus, anti-phishing software and firewall protection enabled.
Other security features
At CoinSpot we offer users a variety of other security features, below are the features we also recommend our users to enable.
Need more help?
Please submit your request via Zendesk - https://coinspot.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/requests/new
or start a conversation with us via Live Chat and our team will provide full instructions and advice.