Over 30% of fraud cases reported to Jersey Police in 2014 and 2015 were as a result of cyber-crime.
Fraud costs the UK £11billion a year and today, Jersey Police and ‘Prison! Me! No Way!’ have teamed up to urge people and small businesses in Jersey to start making every day safer online.
Jersey Police say too many people are still no taking basic steps to keep themselves safe online, especially by using the same password for multiple online accounts. Even when a company warns people to change their passwords after a breach in security, some people choose not to follow that advice.
Over half of the UK population have received fraudulent emails or messages attempting to direct them to websites where their personal information can be stolen, including bank details, user names and passwords. Over a quarter have been contacted by someone trying to trick them into giving away their personal information and just over a fifth have had their email or social media accounts hacked.
Lesley Harrison, Chairman of ‘Prison! Me! No Way!’ Jersey said: "Today's children are growing up online and make little distinction between life online and off. Their use of online games, apps and services plays a crucial role in the development of their identities, friendships, relationships, passions and aspirations. It is essential that we respond by offering them high quality online safety education that will enable them to make positive choices that will keep them safe, and also enable them to recognise the consequences and relevant laws."
This year’s ‘Get Safe Online Day’ encourages people to start making every day safer by following a few simple steps:
Superintendent James Wileman said: “We should all ask ourselves if we are doing everything we can to protect ourselves from online criminals. Unfortunately, people still click on links in unsolicited emails and fail to update their security software. Just as you wouldn’t leave your door unlocked, you shouldn’t leave yourself unprotected online.”
‘Get Safe Online Day,’ now in its 11th year, is about raising awareness of online’ security issues and giving consumers the information they need to use the internet safely and confidently. For more information on ‘Get Safe Online Day,’ please visit here
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