We aim to offer some of the most reliable and accessible, impartial advice to help you make the most of the internet and keep you, your family, and your business (if you have one), safe and secure online. We also offer a range of security and online safety information designed to help you steer clear of potential online dangers including identity theft, phishing, credit card fraud and cyberbullying.
Our website is a unique resource providing practical advice on how to protect yourself, your computers and mobiles device and your business against fraud, identity theft, viruses and many other problems encountered online.
While the vast majority of those using online dating services are sincere and honest in the information they give and in their reasons for joining services, as always, exceptions do exist. Your personal safety should be your top priority and you should always use caution and your best judgment when communicating with or meeting new people, both online and offline. We have set out here tips we at the ODA think can help you have a safe experience along with links to bodies we know can offer professional expert advice and practical assistance where this is needed.
Suzy Lamplugh Trust has set up a project for young people living in high crime areas to help them combat issues that may cause them to become victims or perpetrators of crime. The project has done extremely well and has managed to spread the word to many young people in London. There are lots of safety tips on the site, including internet safety.
The internet makes it very easy for people to quickly connect with others and find out and send very personal information, but it also allows people to hide who they really are and what they are doing. Some people use the internet to harm others. This could be someone they know or a stranger. This leaflet suggests some ways to keep yourself as safe as you can when you use the internet, for example for when dating.