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Make a resolution you can keep this year

We can be certain that one prediction about 2013 will come true, the internet and our online profiles will continue to be an increasingly dominating part of our lives this year. That’s why we should all make a resolution we can keep and take measures to avoid becoming a victim of cyber crime.

Recent research by not-for-profit organisation getsafeonline.org reveals that a staggering 56% of Brits have been targeted by online criminals, which has resulted in an average loss per online attack of £247 per person.

A further 40% of us admit we really needed to know more about being safe online, so here are five easy online resolutions to keep in 2013:

- Password protect your devices - Whether it’s your mobile phone or a tablet, make sure you activate password protection.  Half of respondents (47%) fail to use password protection on their mobile and 40% do not use it on their tablet.

- Choose strong passwords – 40% of people surveyed have had to change their passwords after a cyber attack, so it saves time and money to choose a strong password in the first place. Include random letters and numbers as well as being sure to change your passwords to keep them strong.

- Protect your money – One in ten people have been victims of online credit card fraud. If you are paying for something online, check to make sure the padlock symbol is displayed in the browser frame. Also, the web address should begin with ‘https://’. The ‘s’ stands for ‘secure’.

- Be safe and social – Social networks are a major part of online life, yet the study reveals 12% of people have had a social network profile hacked into and 50% of people fail to use the highest security levels on Facebook. Keep your profile private and consider checking the security settings so you can control who sees what.

- If it looks too good to be true then it probably is - Crafty criminals send unsolicited emails claiming that you have won a prize or can sell you something cheaply. If you do not know the sender or the offer comes out of the blue, you should delete the email immediately. You can also report it on our website - getsafeonline.org

Tony Neate, CEO of Get Safe Online commented:

‘Cyber crime is a serious issue, which costs UK consumers and small businesses a great deal of time, money and inconvenience every year. Of those who experience a cyber attack, 65% and 75% of people respectively continued to use their laptops, tablets, and smartphones in the same way. Yet, it only takes a few small steps for us to break last year’s habits and make a massive improvement in our online safety. Make sure you don’t get caught out in 2013.’

Tony Neate, CEO of Get Safe Online, is also available for further comment and interview on online security. Please do let us know if we can set up an interview or if you require any further information.

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About Get Safe Online

Get Safe Online (www.getsafeonline.org), which is now entering its seventh year, is the UK’s national internet security awareness initiative. A joint partnership between the Government, the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA), Ofcom and private sector sponsors from the worlds of technology, communication, retail and finance, the initiative continues to educate, inform and raise awareness of internet security issues to encourage confident, safe use of the internet. GetSafeOnline.org is supported by the Cabinet Office, Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS), Home Office, Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA), National Fraud Authority & Action Fraud, Ofcom, HSBC, Microsoft, Cable & Wireless Worldwide, Gumtree, Trend Micro, Symantec and PayPal.

 

About Tony Neate, CEO, Get Safe Online

Tony Neate is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Get Safe Online – the UK’s leading source of unbiased, authoritative and easy-to-understand information on protection against fraud, identity theft, viruses and many other problems encountered online.

Few people can boast as much experience in cyber crime. A 30-year Police career saw Tony progress from South Wales Police’s Commercial Fraud Squad dealing largely with computer, investment and credit card fraud, to being responsible for industry liaison within the National Hi-Tech Crime Unit, remaining there when it became a part of SOCA. 2006 saw Tony retire from the Police and take up his current position.

An engaging and entertaining speaker, Tony regularly presents to conferences, forums and meetings both in the UK and overseas. He frequently appears on television and radio and gives interviews to national newspapers and magazines.

 

About the research

The survey of 3,150 adults in the UK was conducted by market researchers OnePoll.com in October 2012.

Founded in 2006, OnePoll is a division of the SWNS Group and boasts a 100,000-strong UK panel and access to over 1 million worldwide.  Working with some of the UK's largest marketing, advertising and PR agencies, as well as with a range of well known high-street and online brands, OnePoll helps them conduct robust research, gain valuable insights and secure widespread press coverage.   OnePoll employs members of ESOMAR and adhere to the MRS code of conduct.