With latest figures from the Office for National Statistics showing cyber crime was one of the most common offences comitted in 2016, the Government’s cyber security campaign, Cyber Aware, is reminding the public of how they can stay safe online and keep their data secure.
More people now store valuable data – both personal and business – on devices like a smartphone, tablet or computer. If a hacker gains access to your device they could cause a lot of damage – for example, they can access sensitive data such as your email or bank details or your clients’ details if you are a business owner.
To help you keep your data secure, the Cyber Aware campaign is encouraging people to take three simple steps to help stay secure online. These are:
Make passwords stronger by using three random words
Install security software on all devices
Always download the latest software updates
You can find out further information about being more secure online by visiting the Cyber Aware website, and by following Cyber Aware’s Facebook and Twitter accounts to receive ideas and advice on how you can be more secure online and thwart cyber criminals.