South Yorks police support national cyber-crime awareness week

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South Yorkshire Police is highlighting the dangers posed online as part of a week of action to raise awareness of cyber-crime.

As part of the week, which runs from today (Monday 2 February), awareness activity will be taking place including a focus each day on different aspects of cyber-crime.

A dedicated hashtag #combatcybercrime has been set up with tips and safety messages being issued all week on how to stay safe online.

There are three specific areas of Cyber Crime: Cyber Dependent Crimes, Cyber Enabled Crimes and the use of the internet to commit more traditional crimes such as drug dealing.

Detective Chief Inspector Chris Singleton leads for the force on cyber-crime, he welcomed the week of action.

He said: “It is recognised nationally that up to 80 per cent of cyber crime is preventable if simple security practices are adhered to.

“As part of the week of action we will look educate and increase the awareness of the public about online security as this is the key to combating this crime.

“We will also target those individuals who use the internet to prey on some of the youngest and most vulnerable members of our society.”

Tips to prevent yourself from becoming a victim of cyber crime include:

• Keep your software ‘patched’ and up to date – turn on automatic updating.

• Always use your computer’s inbuilt Firewall

• Use reputable anti-virus software, available free online

• Use secure passwords, and keep them secret. You can see how secure at https://howsecureismypassword.net/

• Don’t click on links in emails, or open attachments, even if they appear to be from those you know, unless you are sure it is safe.

• Don’t click on banners, pop-up windows or install software or plug-ins when browsing the internet unless you are sure it is genuine – even if it looks legitimate, it may not be.

• Change default passwords on your Wi-Fi routers

• Be careful what you plug into your computer, USB sticks, DVDs, CD ROMs and portable hard drives can all be infected by malware and should be checked with anti-virus software.

- See more at: http://www.southyorks.police.uk/news-syp/force-supports-national-cyber-crime-awareness-week#sthash.hhkx1Oos.dpuf