Online crime, also known as cybercrime, is one of the fastest growing criminal activities in the world. It includes a huge range of illegal and intimidating activity, which can include;
Whether an issue arises online or offline, if someone’s life is in immediate danger always call 999.
If there is no immediate danger but you would like to talk to us about online activity concerns, you can report this to us online or call 101.
Get Safe Online
Get Safe Online holds information about types of communication and networking sites to help protect you from being a victim of online crime or abuse;
Communicating with people online
Networking sites are a great way to keep in touch with friends, colleagues or family around the world. Most can be accessed from your mobile, as well as tablets and computers. Social networking sites allow the opportunity to connect with new people, but it can often result in online crime. Always be cautious when speaking to people you don’t know.
Find out more about staying safe when dating online.
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We are all aware of how simple and convenient shopping online can be. Searching, ordering and paying from the comfort of your home, with items being delivered direct to your door. Shopping online obviously has some great advantages, but it can also bring disadvantages.
Making online payments
Be sure you are purchasing from trustworthy websites and that your details are secure during the payment process.
The majority of online retailers use authorised payment services such as PayPal or Worldpay. You can tell if an online payment service is secure by looking for a padlock icon or symbol in the address bar of your browser. The website address should also have ‘https://’ in the URL web address, which clearly marks the websites security.
Regular online shoppers may have an account with retail websites. We recommend logging out of your account once you have completed your purchase or other activity with them. Closing your internet browser does not always mean it has logged you out and cannot guarantee your privacy.
Further information and advice for online shopping is available from the Get Safe Online website. You may also be interested in advice and risks of buying medication online.
Securing your computers and devices
Securing your computer, laptop, mobile or other devices is as important as locking your home or car. You wouldn’t leave your home without locking the doors and the same applies to protecting your devices and online accounts with passwords.
Get Safe Online specialises in detailed information about how to protect yourself from becoming a victim of online criminal activity, including;
Security for mobile and tablet devices
Get Safe Online also have a wealth of information on protecting your mobile phone or tablet device from cybercrime;