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 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
- 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
- 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: