Cyber crime is on the rise and is something everyone with a connected device (be that a smartphone, computer, internet-ready TV, gaming system or anything in-between) is vulnerable to. That’s why the Commissioner has funded the Cyber Safe Warwickshire website to help residents and businesses learn about the latest threats as they emerge and how they can keep safe when they go online.
Run in partnership with Warwickshire County Council, the Cyber Safe Warwickshire website builds on the information you have told us through our Cyber Crime Survey about the risks you face online. With information on the latest online scams, incidents of fraud, advice on social media and cyber bullying, including a dedicated section for young adults, there’s a whole host of information to help you understand the best way to stay safe.
Cyber Crime is having a huge impact on Warwickshire communities and the emotional and financial wellbeing of our residents, but there are simple steps that all residents can take to mitigate their exposure to risks online. The Cyber Safe Warwickshire website has been created to raise the profile of the issues and ensure the tide is turned on the number of people falling victim to online crime in its various guises.
Cyber Crime Advisors
Cyber Safe Warwickshire is run by the PCC-funded Cyber Crime Advisors, Joe Patterson and Abbey Baker. Together, they help people to prevent, prepare and protect themselves against cyber crime through education, targeted awareness campaigns and through the creation and support of special projects in Warwickshire.
Joe and Abbey work with a wide range of partners in delivering their projects and is always looking for opportunities to come and talk about cyber crime and online safety. If you would be interested in receiving a talk for your group or organisation, contact Abbey or Joe via email:
Did you know?
It is estimated 80% of fraud and cyber crime is preventable if individuals and businesses take basic precautions – so below are the top five tips to help keep you safe online:
- Always be wary of opening links and attachments in email – check that the email is really from who it says it is from.
- Have strong and unique passwords for each of your online accounts – and update them regularly.
- Look for ‘https’ in the address bar and a padlock symbol in your internet browser when visiting sites – these give an indication that the website is secure.
- Get anti-virus software for your computer, phone and other devices.
- Remember to keep your software updated to reduce your chances of hackers being able to exploit security weaknesses to take over your device.