Village News

30th Jul 2017 Last updated at 17:52

Protect Yourself from Cyber Crime

The Metropolitan Police has prepared a set of 5 two minute videos to raise public awareness about cyber crime and advise simple procedures to improve personal security. Tony Neate, CEO of Get Safe Online who is working with the Met Police on this initiative says:

“We hear all sorts of scary stories about online scams, but the internet offers so many fantastic opportunities that we shouldn’t let the threat of cybercrime put us off going online and enjoying its many benefits.  Instead, we just need to make a few small changes to our online behaviour in order to protect ourselves and stop scammers catching us out. The video series created by the Metropolitan Police shows us how to do this through simple step-by-step guides and tips on some of the basics such as creating a password. A few minutes to watch the videos could mean a lifetime of online safety, so we really do ask the public to take the time to watch them, brush up on their online safety and share them with others.”

Here are the 5 videos – please click on each heading to watch them.

Passwords - Create a password that’s too hard for criminals to crack

Computer Updates - Updates are vital in protecting your device from ransomware and other malicious software.

Phishing - Phishing is a form of fraud where criminals trick you into giving personal information by posing as a trusted organisation.

Wi-Fi Safety - Cybercriminals can intercept personal information being shared online when you use public Wi-Fi. Don’t bank, shop or do anything else that requires you to enter login details while using public Wi-Fi.

On-line ID - Stop thieves stealing your ID, update privacy settings on all social media accounts. Only let people you know see your pages