Staying Safe Online

Cybercrime

  • Cybercrime is one of the fastest growing crimes in the UK, affecting both businesses and individuals. It includes a range of cyber-dependent (which can only be committed online) and cyber enabled (which can be conducted on or offline) crimes
  • There are a number of steps you can take to help make sure you don't get trapped in the web and become a victim of crime online

Don't believe everything you see

  • Not everyone is honest and not everything you see on the internet is what it claims to be. Use your judgement - if something seems too good to be true it probably is
  • If you receive an unexpected email asking for your bank details, or a message from a stranger asking for some photographs, take a moment to question whether they are who they say they are
  • Remember that you don't always really know who you are talking to online

Be diligent

  • Be prepared to question what you see online:
  • Is the website a respectable source?
  • Is it likely that your bank would ask you to email them your personal data?
  • Does it feel right that you have won a lottery you've never heard of and never entered?
  • Is the person asking you to send them a personal video really who they say they are?
  • Is your new friend really the age they say they are?

If you have any suspicions or doubts, or if something just doesn't just feel right, it's best to be cautious and step away.

Don't get caught by phishing

Beware of phishing, which is when you receive emails or messages designed to get your personal information from you to be used inappropriately

  • Don't respond to emails asking you for your personal information and don't share information if you are unsure of the source

 Protect yourself on social media

  • Check your privacy settings on your social media accounts as your personal information could be used by criminals

 Use protection

  • It's simple enough - use protection when online. Antivirus software can help protect your computer from viruses, worms, malware and ransomware
  • Always make sure you keep your antivirus up to date to keep you protected from the latest threats online

 Stay up to date

  • Updates for operating systems like Windows and Mac OS are released regularly and often help make your computer more secure and help protect against security threats
  • Keeping your web browser up to date also helps protect your computer

Get help

  • If you suspect you have been a victim of cyber crime contact us to report it. Call 101 and give as much detail as you can

 Support and advice

If you need more help or advice there are a number of support agencies available:

Get Safe Online

Cyber streetwise

Action Fraud

CEOP

Childnet International

Kidsmart - resource for teachers