In 2016 an estimated 3.6 million cases of fraud and two million cases of computer misuse were reported to the police. The figure is staggering, but even more staggering is that so many of those crimes could have been prevented by making a few small changes in online behaviour.

To avoid becoming a victim of online crime you don’t need to be a computer expert. Developing a few good online habits drastically reduces your chances of becoming a victim of cybercrime, makes you less vulnerable and lets you use the web safely.

Visit Cyber Aware for step-by-step instructions on keeping your devices up-to-date with the latest security updates, and for more online security advice.


Create a password that’s too hard for criminals to crack by choosing three random words, numbers and symbols.


Don’t do banking, online shopping or anything that needs you to enter login details while using public WiFi.

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Stop thieves stealing from you: update privacy settings on all social media accounts and only let people you’re connected to see your pages.


Phishing emails are designed to steal from you by installing malicious software on your computer. Don’t click on links from suspicious sources.


Accept all updates when asked: they’re vital in protecting your computer and your identity from cybercriminals.