Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner backs internet safety campaign

Dorset Echo: Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner backs internet safety campaign Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner backs internet safety campaign

DORSET Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill has backed a cyber campaign to urge residents to stay safe online.

The £4million government initiative, called Cyber Streetwise, is encouraging internet users to take precautions while shopping, socialising or banking online.

Mr Underhill said: “I welcome this new government initiative. Cyber crime is a growing threat in Dorset and people need to be better informed against the risks of using their computer or SmartPhone.

“I would urge businesses and residents to use the website cyberstreetwise.com and take note of the advice.”

Mr Underhill has pledged to help tackle online crime in Dorset this year.

Research shows less than a third of people across the country use complex passwords to protect their accounts and more than half do not check websites are secure before making a purchase.

Experts advise internet users to install anti-virus software, to check privacy settings on social media and to download software and application patches when prompted.

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6:55pm Tue 14 Jan 14

David_divenghy2 says...

He makes a lot of pledges this fella, telling us all what anyone can learn on google in ten minutes, not bad for 100k a year.
He makes a lot of pledges this fella, telling us all what anyone can learn on google in ten minutes, not bad for 100k a year. David_divenghy2
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8:50pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Uptonian2 says...

The Internet is a useful tool for anyone to have plus the fact that it's 10 times easier to get connected than in 1997.

It is the responsibility of the user regardless if he or she knows little about the Internet to ask questions before jumping into cyberspace.

If the Government want top save us from the unscrupulous scam artists then that is where they should start first but seeing as the Government does well at being scam artists I doubt we'll see any fruit born from this.

Just be careful.
The Internet is a useful tool for anyone to have plus the fact that it's 10 times easier to get connected than in 1997. It is the responsibility of the user regardless if he or she knows little about the Internet to ask questions before jumping into cyberspace. If the Government want top save us from the unscrupulous scam artists then that is where they should start first but seeing as the Government does well at being scam artists I doubt we'll see any fruit born from this. Just be careful. Uptonian2
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