Don’t let thieves take your Christmas presents away

Published 7 January 2019

You may have been given jewellery or the latest smartphone as a Christmas present. Or perhaps you treated yourself to a new television or computer in the sales. Whilst it’s nice to have the latest gadgets, a burglar sees them as a way of making money.

The period after Christmas is one of the key times in the year when you are most likely to be burgled, as thieves know you have new and expensive presents in your house. The cost of being burgled is far greater than just the cost of replacing items, as photos on a computer or jewellery may have sentimental value, whilst thieves can access sensitive data such as your bank details and e-mails on a smartphone or tablet. To help you keep your possessions safe, we have published advice with measures you can take to avoid becoming a victim of burglary.

Be Cyber Aware

Thieves are also attracted to gadgets such as smartphones or tablets, because of their value and the information they can reveal. 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 Twitteraccounts to receive ideas and advice on how you can be more secure online and thwart cyber criminals, and don’t forget to share the posts.

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