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West Mercia Police Notice

CYBER CRIME HAS DOUBLED - STAY CYBER AWARE

CYBER experts have launched measures to protect the UK from online harm as the country continues to rely more on technology while staying at home to protect the NHS and save lives.

Today (21 April 2020), the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) a part of GCHQ, has launched it's Cyber Aware campaign.

This will be delivered by the NCSC working alongside the Home Office, the Cabinet Office and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and will aim to help individuals and organisations to protect themselves online.


It urges people to protect their data passwords, the accounts they protect and the devices they use to access them. The campaign encourages people to ‘Stay home. Stay Connected. Stay Cyber Aware’, and its top tips for staying secure online are:

1. Turn on two factor authentication for important accounts

2. Protect important accounts using a password of three random words

3. Create a separate password that you only use for your main email account

4. Update the software and apps on your devices regularly (ideally set to ‘automatically update’)

5. Save your passwords in your browser

6. To protect yourself from being held to ransom, back up important data

With many people in the UK trying video conferencing for the first time, the advice includes top tips on securely installing the app, creating a strong password and tracking who is joining the chat. New guidance on the secure use of video conferencing services builds on a raft of advice published on https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/ since the coronavirus outbreak started.

The NCSC also recommends that you do not make meetings public, connect only to people through your contacts or address book – and to never post the link or password publicly.

Suspicious Email Reporting Service has been co-developed with the City of London Police. By forwarding any dubious emails – including those claiming to offer support related to COVID-19 – to report@phishing.gov.uk the NCSC’s automated¬ programme will immediately test the validity of the site. Any sites found to be phishing scams will be removed immediately.

More information on Cyber Aware top tips:
https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/news/public-urged-to-flag-coronavirus-related-email-scams-as-online-security-campaign-launches

If you think you have been a victim of fraud, please report it to Action Fraud at https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/ or by calling 0300-123 2040. If you live in Scotland, please report directly to Police Scotland by calling 101.

Stay up to date with the latest UK Coronavirus scams:
https://twitter.com/actionfrauduk.


Date: 21/04/2020

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