Po­lice warn­ing af­ter spike in on­line crime

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Yourviews -

HAL­TON res­i­dents are be­ing warned of the dan­gers posed by on­line crime amid a re­cent spike.

Cheshire po­lice is bring­ing to the at­ten­tion of Run­cor­ni­ans and Wid­ne­sians the risks as­so­ci­ated with in­ter­net use af­ter re­cent fig­ures showed a rise in the num­ber of on­line crimes across the county and the UK.

Ac­cord­ing to Get Safe On­line the UK ex­pe­ri­enced a 22% in­crease in on­line crime in 2015.

De­tec­tive Sergeant Brian Faint said: “On­line crime can have a dev­as­tat­ing im­pact on those who fall vic­tim to on­line fraud­sters.

“Peo­ple of­ten take ex­tra care when it comes to their be­long­ings and valu­ables, but fail to think about their on­line se­cu­rity.

“Any­one can fall vic­tim to on­line crime and we want to re­mind you to re­main se­cu­rity con­scious and do ev­ery­thing you can to re­duce the risk of be­ing tar­geted by those in­tent in caus­ing mis­ery in our com­mu­ni­ties.”

Ex­perts at Get Safe On­line are en­cour­ag­ing Hal­ton res­i­dents to ● start mak­ing ev­ery day safer by fol­low­ing a few sim­ple steps.

These in­clude re­view pass­words used on your on­line ac­counts and en­sur­ing that the same ones are not used for more than one ac­count.

Res­i­dents are also ad­vised to check their so­cial me­dia pri­vacy set­tings to en­sure in­for­ma­tion and up­dates are seen only by those they trust, to up­date op­er­at­ing sys­tems and soft­ware pro­grams/ apps on com­put­ers, mo­bile phones and tablets if prompted to do so.

Other ad­vice in­cludes back­ing up in­for­ma­tion, en­sur­ing in­ter­net se­cu­rity soft­ware and apps are up to date and switched on.

Res­i­dents with chil­dren are also ad­vised to con­sider if they are do­ing enough to make sure their young­sters are safe on­line.

Those who have lost money are ad­vised to re­port it to Ac­tion Fraud, the UK’s na­tional fraud re­port­ing cen­tre by call­ing 0300 123 20 40 or by vis­it­ing www. ac­tion­fraud.po­lice.uk

For more in­for­ma­tion visit www. get­safeon­line.org

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