Safer Internet Day is a globally recognised initiative aimed at promoting the responsible and safe use of digital technology, especially among young people. Launched in 2004 this day has evolved into a collaborative effort involving governments, NGOs, schools, and individuals, all united by the common goal of fostering a safer internet experience for everyone.
As the National APCC Lead for Cyber Crime and Fraud, PCC Mark Shelford is supporting Safer Internet Day this year:
“With the widespread threat of cybercrimes, including identity theft, phishing, and online fraud, Safer Internet Day underscores the need for robust cybersecurity measures. It prompts individuals and organisations to stay vigilant and adopt best practices to protect their information from falling into the wrong hands.
Safer Internet Day serves as a platform to empower individuals with the knowledge and skills needed to navigate the online world safely.”
Top Online Safety Tips
The PCC offers the following actions that can be taken in tackling and preventing this type of crime:
- Use strong and unique passwords for each online account you hold and implement two-factor authentication wherever possible.
- If shopping online pay using a credit card as most credit card providers will help you get your money back if the item is faulty, damaged, or never arrives.
- Exercise caution when clicking on links or providing personal information online. Be sceptical of unsolicited emails, messages, or pop-ups.
If you have been scammed, contact your bank immediately on a number you know to be correct such as the one listed on their website or on the back of your debit or credit card. You can then report the scam to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or via actionfraud.police.uk.