Cyber Security for Individuals
Simple Steps for your online security
Why You Should Care
- 33.6% of all crime is fraud or cyber crime 1
- 3.24 million fraud incidents in 2018 – of those frauds 54% were cyber related 1
- 1.23 million other cyber crimes (computer misuse) 1
- You are more likely to be a victim of fraud or other cyber crime than any other type of crime 1
- Technology is now pervasive – this threat is not going away
- The impact can be devastating – particularly where your personal data is exposed or you suffer significant financial loss
- Many of these offences could be easily prevented
PHISHING – by email, telephone, text message – ALL of these are real and significant threats to you and one of the most likely routes to attack you. Some of the most impersonated services are those run by the Government – HMRC, DVLA, TV Licensing. As awareness of these have increased and the National Cyber Security Centre have blocked more attempts, the scammers have moved on and are pretending to be local authority services instead. They may also pretend to be Law Enforcement – the Police or other bodies – as the authority they purport to have convinces you to act.
Always verify unsolicited communications by a different route. Never open attachments or click on links within unsolicited communications.
Never give out personal information, financial details or passwords in response to an email, when you receive an unexpected phone call or in response to a text message.
Be aware that any part of digital communications – emails, text messages and even the telephone number of an incoming call – can be spoofed.
Steps to Take
The following steps will make you massively more cyber secure. The guidance is relevant to everyone both in their personal and professional lives. Don’t be intimidated by cyber security – these are easy things to do and there are lots of well meaning people on the internet who create great step-by-step guides to all of this – found with a simple web search.
We don’t deny there is LOTS to digest. Take your time, work through one section at a time. Improve your cyber security one step at a time.
Click on the following boxes to read about each topic area:
Worried someone you know is committing cyber crime?
We know that a worrying number of young people are committing cyber crimes. 1 in 2 teenagers admits trying to hack into someone else’s account, 5% say they have properly tried hacking and almost 1% sent a virus to someone else. The average age of arrest for cyber crime in the UK is 17 years old.
We can help. Make sure your loved ones make the right #CyberChoices
The Little Book of Cyber Scams
The Metropolitan Police have published an e-booklet which contains lots of good advice about specific threats and how to prevent them.
We have put together some playlists of various useful videos which can help you understand the topics explained here.
The National Cyber Security Centre
If you need more guidance than is contained here please visit the National Cyber Security Centre’s web pages: