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Online Safety – advice for our community

old elderly senior man on phone at-laptop computer at risk to cyber attack and online bank fraud

There are lots of useful resources to help you stay safe online.  These provide information on staying safe online when you are;

  • Shopping
  • Gaming
  • Dating / making friends
  • Using Social Media

and what to do if you are a victim of:

  • Online Scams
  • Email Scams
  • Fake websites
  • Computer / Tablet viruses
  • Relationship scams
  • Health scams
  • Grooming
  • Online hate crime

Stay Safe online and improve your security by: +

  • Making sure your computer has at least a standard firewall and regularly updated antivirus protection.
  • Deleting strange emails
  • Changing your password regularly, have different passwords for each site you visit
  • Never giving your password to anyone else.
  • Setting up a block or filter for any junk/spam mail in your email account.
  • Making sure you use trusted providers when you shop online.
  • Only ever using secure websites when you’re doing your online shopping or checking your bank account — look out for the padlock symbol in the search bar.
    https secure website
  • Putting an adult block on your computer that blocks illegal websites that might host malware or spyware.
  • Activating child safety features in your internet browser to help protect your children from unsafe websites.
  • Keeping an eye on who your children are talking to in chat rooms and online.

(Information adapted from Victim Support website)

Resources / websites +

Get safe online

Get safe online in partnership with Cifas and Scam Adviser have produced an easy to use online tool to help determine whether a website is likely to be legitimate or a scam

Check a website - Get Safe Online