Action Fraud, Cyber Aware and the City of London Police have joined forces for the ‘7 Deadly Cyber Sins’ campaign to raise awareness of the common pitfalls most user’s make with their online security.
The 7 sins promoted by this campaign are listed below:
Using the same password for all of your online accounts is like having one key to unlock every door you use. If someone steals or copies the key, then every door is vulnerable.
Clicking on links or attachments in unsolicited emails will increase your vulnerability to malware and fraud. The links often lead to malicious websites, and the attachments may contain malware.
Not installing software updates as soon as they become available. Criminals use the vulnerabilities in software to infect your device with malware and steal your personal information.
Not using a firewall to help prevent unauthorised access to your network and the devices on it. A firewall acts as a protective barrier between your device and potential cyber criminals.
Not using anti-virus software, or not updating your anti-virus when prompted will leave your devices more vulnerable to malware.
Not using a PIN, password or fingerprint authentication on the lock screen of your mobile device. Your devices contain data that is highly valuable to criminals.
Over-sharing personal details on social networking sites. Criminals use personal information you make publicly available to steal your identity.
If you do commit any of these sins, then change your ways to reduce the risk of you becoming a victim to cyber crime.
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For more information about our work, please visit www.safeinwarwickshire.com/cybercrime
Cyber Aware is a cross-government campaign, funded by the National Cyber Security Programme. They aim to measurably and significantly improve the online safety behaviour and confidence of consumers and small businesses (SMEs).
Get Safe Online is the UK’s leading source of factual and easy-to-understand information on online safety. Their website offers advice on how you can protect yourself, your computers and devices, and your business against the likes of fraud, identity theft, viruses and other potential online problems.
ThinkUKnow is a national website which offers tailored advice to young people about online safety concerns. There is also a section on there if you are a parent/carer or a teacher who is concerned about a young person’s safety online.