On January 13th,the UK Government launched a web-based campaign called Cyber Streetwise. This campaign provides IT security tips for both individuals and businesses. People can protect themselves against cyber criminals when doing online shopping or banking.
According to the National Cyber Security Consumer Tracker
- only 44% always install internet security software on new equipment
- only 37% download updates and patches for personal computers when prompted – falling even further to a fifth (21%) for smartphones and mobile devices
- less than a third (30%) habitually use complex passwords to protect online accounts
- 57% do not always check websites are secure before making a purchase
The Security Minister James Brokenshire said,
"The internet has radically changed the way we work and socialise. It has created a wealth of opportunities, but with these opportunities there are also threats. As a government we are taking the fight to cyber criminals wherever they are in the world."
"However, by taking a few simple steps while online the public can keep cyber criminals out and their information safe. Cyber Streetwise is an innovative new campaign that will provide everyone with the knowledge and confidence to make simple and effective changes to stay safe online."
We advise our readers to visit the website to get proper guidelines how to be secure when doing online transactions.