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Cumbria Police are advising people to take simple steps to help prevent online fraud, as part of their week-long cybercrime campaign.
Below are some steps to help keep you safe online:
- Do not give out any personal information before verifying the credentials of who is asking.
- Beware of phishing emails. Remember that banks and financial institutions will not ask you to click on a link in an email and confirm your bank details.
- Make sure your computer has up-to-date anti-virus software and a firewall installed.
- Sign-up to ‘Verified by Visa’ or ‘MasterCard Secure Code’ whenever you are given the option online.
- Be very wary of emails offering you business deals out of the blue – if an offer seems too good to be true, it probably is.
Cumbria Police are running a week long campaign to keep people safe online.
Our presenter Pam Royle spoke to Detective Sergeant Andy Slattery to find out what they're doing to help people who use the internet.
Cumbria Police are running a week long campaign against cyber bullying.
Some important questions that people can ask to keep themselves safewhile social networking are:
- Who is your audience going to be?
- Do you really know all your “friends”? - If not then consider your posts as being public.
- Are your privacy settings locked down enough?
- Do you understand who will be able to view your posts and profile?
- Will strangers be learning more about your personal life that you would want them to?
- Are you creating a security risk by tagging yourself in a location or posting pictures of your home or property?
- Am I happy for this post to be recorded permanently? – Even when a post is removed from a site, copies of it may have been recorded and may be re-posted at any time.
- Is my post acceptable or could it be interpreted as harassment, bullying or discriminatory in any way by another person?
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CumbriaPolice are advising people to think before they post to social media, as part of a week-long cybercrime campaign.
There have been 152 reported crimes relating to Twitter and Facebook since 2011.
Although social media can be a positive part of everyday life for many unfortunately people can use social media to harass, threaten and victimise other users.