Protecting yourself online


The impact of cyber crime by cyber aware.gov.uk

There are a couple of measures you can take to protect yourself whilst online.

  • Change your passwords at least every three months and never use the same password for different accounts. (If a company is hacked the hackers could use the information they steal to try and access other accounts you have). At the very least always use a different password for online banking.
  • Never give your credit card details or bank account information via email
  • Don’t open attachments or emails from people you don’t know
  • Don’t become online friends with people you don’t know
  • Never arrange to meet someone in person you’ve met online
  • If anything you see or read online worries you, report it.
  • Avoid giving out personal details on the Internet especially to people you don’t know. These could include your name, home address or telephone number.

If you are victim of an online scam or online fraud, please report it to Action Fraud.

What is ransomware and how can I protect myself?

If you got ransomware on your device, would you pay? Prevention is better than cure.


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