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Cyber crime is on the rise - know how to protect yourself!

Published on Monday, 3rd October 2016

Cyber crime

With the rise in cyber-crime, this October will be used once again to promote the Get Safe Online Campaign.

It is important for people using any device connected to the internet to stay safe.

80% of cyber-crime is preventable – and following some relatively simple steps can help you reduce your risk from these growing crimes.

  • Be aware of any links/attachments in emails, as they may contain viruses. General rule of thumb for any emails = if in doubt, throw it out.
  • Have unique passwords for your online accounts. Longer and complex passwords are best.
  • If you enter any personal details online, make sure there is a padlock and HTTPS in the address bar.
  • If you are ever unsure about anything online, do your research. Reviews of companies/information on latest scams will help keep you safe.
  • Keep your device software up to date. It may be time consuming, but does make the device much safer from hackers.
  • Install & regularly update your anti-virus software. Millions of new viruses are made daily, and pose a huge threat to your devices.
  • Limit public Wi-Fi use for anything other than general browsing. If you are typing in any personal information, it is best to wait until you are home.
  • Be safe across ALL your internet connected devices. They are all vulnerable to threats.
  • Be social media savvy – update your privacy settings, don’t broadcast your location constantly, and be aware of what you are posting – could it come back to haunt you?

If you experience any form of cyber-crime – REPORT it to the relevant organisations:

  • For scams and fraud, contact Action Fraud. If you are concerned when buying from Warwickshire retailers, contact Warwickshire County Council Trading Standards Service for information and advice.
  • If you are experiencing bullying, screenshot any evidence of it; report it to the site it is on; and tell someone you know and trust.
  • If you become a victim of Revenge Porn, screenshot any evidence and contact the Police - Revenge Porn is now a criminal offence.

To stay up to date on the latest cyber-crime issues which are affecting Warwickshire residents follow @SafeInWarks for more info.

If you have any concerns contact Warwickshire County Council’s Cyber-Crime Advisors at alexgloster@warwickshire.gov.uk and kierenhagan@warwickshire.gov.uk