Cybercrime is never far from the headlines, and refers to a variety of crimes that take place online.
Cybercrime is typically undertaken via apps, websites, social media platforms and messaging services, and usually results in confidential or personal information being stolen.
It extends beyond the internet, too, with incidents such as grooming, financial fraud, harassment and stalking blurring the line between online and offline crime.
If you need help with anything related to cybercrime, we can help. It doesn’t cost a penny to talk to us and every conversation we have is completely confidential.
Protecting yourself online
There are lots of things you can do personally to reduce the likelihood of being subjected to cybercrime:
- ensure anti-virus software is installed and updated on your computers and devices;
- use strong passwords that incorporate, letters, symbols, capital letters, numbers and special characters;
- only use secure websites when shopping and banking online (look for the padlock in the web address bar); and
- never open emails that are from senders you don’t recognise or which look suspicious – delete them immediately.
What to do if you’ve experienced cybercrime
If you’ve been the victim of any type of crime, start by reporting it to the police.
If fraud has taken place (such as identify theft), contact Action Fraud.
If you’re unsure about the next steps or would simply like some impartial, experienced advice, contact us.