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The internet is part of all of our lives. We use it to stay connected with friends and family, for information, enjoyment and play. It offers incredible opportunities but no one is immune to cyber risks and being constantly connected brings increased threats of fraud and abuse.

As individuals, our finances, identity and privacy can be at threat from online attacks, and as a nation Scotland faces cyber threats to business, infrastructure and economy.

Reducing your risk of cybercrime is easy!

Around 80% of cybercrime can be prevented by simply getting the basics right. Every person and business in Scotland will benefit from:

Strong passwords

Using three random words is the key to creating a strong password e.g. SeeCatEek

Downloading software updates

Software updates contain vital security upgrades which help protect your device from viruses and hackers. You will be asked to install them – always click yes! 

Back ups

Make sure that you are backing up your important information on either ‘hard drive’ or a cloud-based service (but have a secure and unique password). Whether it is family photos and home finance records or your businesses customer data, what would it mean to you if you couldn’t get them back?

Installing software security

Anti-virus software removes viruses, quarantines and repairs infected files, and can help prevent future viruses.  Remember to use antivirus on your mobile devices too.

Be aware of suspicious emails

Delete suspicious emails as they may contain fraudulent requests for information or links to viruses. If you are being pressured to make a quick decision or to give any personal or financial information DELETE THE EMAIL immediately.

Protect and secure mobile devices

Secure your portable devices and the information they contain. Establish a password and enable screen lock or auto lock on all devices and install an antivirus app.

Where to go for more information:

  • Cyber Aware and Get Safe Online provide practical advice on how to protect yourself and your business against a variety of threats you may encounter online.
  • The UK Safer Internet Centre, gives you tips, advice and resources to help children and young people stay safe on the internet.

What you do online has the potential to affect everyone - at home, at work and around the world. Practicing good online habits benefits the global digital community.