Derbyshire’s Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa calls for people to take action to avoid becoming a cyber-crime victim.
Earlier this week the Government launched a ‘Cyber Streetwise’ campaign to encourage people to take steps to protect themselves while shopping, banking or socialising online.
Warning business and members of the public to be vigilant to the dangers of online criminality, the Deputy Commissioner said that there is a growing threat from sophisticated cyber criminals, who operate on an international basis.
The risks are growing as an increasing number of people use the web on laptops, tablets and smartphones, often giving personal details without checking the security of the site first.
Findings from the recent National Cyber Security Consumer Tracker suggest more than half the population are not taking simple actions to protect themselves online.
While 94 per cent of people believe it is their personal responsibility to ensure a safe internet experience, the research highlights:
- only 44 per cent always install internet security software on new equipment
- only 37 per cent download updates and patches for personal computers when prompted – falling even further to a fifth (21 per cent) for smartphones and mobile devices
- less than a third (30 per cent) habitually use complex passwords to protect online accounts
- 57 per cent do not always check websites are secure before making a purchase
Mr Dhindsa said: “In much the same way that we urge people to take precautions to protect their property and their vehicles, such as locking doors and windows and keeping valuables out of sight, I think that people should be careful to protect themselves from cyber-criminals.”
Simple steps that people can take to protect themselves and others from cyber crime include:
- Use strong, memorable passwords
- Install anti-virus software on new devices
- Check privacy settings on social media
- Shop safely online – always check online retail sites are secure
- Download software and application patches when prompted.
For further information on the national cyber-campaign visit www.cyberstreetwise.com
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Posted on Friday 17th January 2014