At our Team meeting this week we invited Rebecca from Cambridgeshire Police to give us a better understanding of cyber crime and what we can do to protect ourselves.
As more and more people are using the internet, potentially more and more people will become victims of this type of crime. We are visiting more people who access the big wide web to send emails, shop on line and talk to their loved ones using the webcam. As well as giving advice about home security we also want to advise them about internet security and to prevent them from becoming victims of email scams and spams and online fraud.
Rebecca gave us some very useful tips:
- when thinking of passwords don’t use some kind of information you have put on social media such as birthday dates, pet names etc. Use three random words
- always have a separate password for banking
- if not sure a website is genuine – ask yourself if it is based in the UK and does it have a UK address listed on the site?
- check the domain names of websites
- always make sure you are buying something that is genuine – if it sounds too good to be true, be very cautious
- when using Facebook why advertise that you are away from home!
If you have been a victim, do report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040
For more information on internet crime visit http://www.getsafeonline.org. Here you will find really good advice on how to protect your computer and yourself when shopping, banking on line and using social networking.