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Protecting Yourself

Protecting Yourself

Using computers and similar devices to go online has made everyday activities such as shopping, banking, paying bills and keeping in touch fast and easy … anytime, anywhere. There are, however, a number of risks associated with going online – some general and some specific to the respective activities that you carry out.

There are a number of sensible and simple measures which you need to take in order to protect yourself against these risks, which include identity theft, criminals stealing your personal and financial data to defraud you or empty your bank account. The precautions are as simple as choosing safe passwords and ensuring you have adequate antivirus/antispyware installed, to learning how to distinguish between genuine and fraudulent websites and emails.

In this section you will find valuable advice on how to protect yourself, and what to do if you are affected.


Accepting Terms & Conditions

Terms and conditions are legally binding. Make sure you read them.

Avoiding Ratting - Remote Access Trojans

Take steps to avoid someone taking over your computer, and your webcam.

Buying & Selling Vehicles

Buying or selling ... protect yourself and your money.

Call Recording Services

The new breed of call recording services: we query their safety.

Computer Use in Public Places

Using computers, smartphones or tablets in public places safely.

Copycat Websites

Make sure you’re using the official website when buying official services, or it can cost.


Stalking is serious, and can be dangerous. Know the risks.

Donating to Charity Online

Are you sure the website you are donating via is authentic, and secure?

Fake News

How to differentiate between fake and real news

Hate Content

Online hate content can be upsetting, dangerous and possibly illegal

Job Searching

Advice on how to keep your online job hunting safe and secure.

Mobile Apps

Mobile apps can make life so easy, but you do need to take precauttions

Money Muling

Transferring the proceeds of crime overseas is a criminal offence.

Online Abuse

Any kind of abuse online can have serious effects on the victim

Online Gaming

Online gaming is growing in popularity. Keep it safe & responsible.


Choosing and using passwords correctly is vital.

Pension Fraud

Pension scams are becoming increasingly commonplace. Don’t become a victim.

Price Comparison Websites

Be careful and make sure you really are getting the best deal.

Property Fraud

Your property’s value makes it an attractive target for fraudsters

Recovery Room Scams

Don’t become the victim of a recovery room scam

Replacing Windows XP

Support for Windows XP ended in 2014. Replace it before you get security problems

Safe Online Dating

If you’re looking for romance online, make sure you’re doing it safely.

Searching the Internet

Search the Internet safely with our simple advice.

Smart TVs

Smart TVs have brought the television and computer closer together, but being connected, they do carry risk

Social Media Phishing

Clicking on links in unsolicited social media posts can spell danger

Spam Text Messages

You can report spam texts by forwarding them to one number: 7726

Take Five to Stop Fraud

An awareness campaign designed to urge people to stop and think

Telephone Banking Fraud

If you get a call from your bank or the police warning you of a problem, it may not be what it seems.

Trades Recommendation Websites

Not all trades recommendation websites are as they seem. Do your own checks.

Victim Support

Victim Support provides confidential emotional support and advice for victims of cybercrime.

Viruses & Spyware

A basic understanding of computer viruses and spyware.

Webcam Blackmail

Never get into compromising situations in front of your webcam ... it could end up costing you dearly.

Working together with police forces

How Get Safe Online works with local police forces UK-wide

Your Connected Home

Today’s connected home makes life smarter and easier. Is your home connected safely?

Adult Content

There are a number of precautions you should observe when visiting websites featuring adult content.

Blackmail emails

emails that threaten exposure for viewing adult content online

Buying Medicines Online

It’s vital to be certain that online pharmacies are authentic and registered.

Changing wireless passwords/SSIDs

How to change the password & SSID on your wireless router

Contactless Payments

Contactless payment by phone or card is fast and easy. But you need to be aware of the drawbacks.

Counterfeit Goods

Buying counterfeit goods carries many risks. Do all you can to avoid doing so.

Digital Legacies

Your digital assets may have a value to someone, so protect them.


Be sure you know what you’re sending or receiving.


Learn about the many types of online fraud and how to spot them.

Holiday & Travel Booking

Put your feet up and relax with our online booking advice.

Loyalty Card Fraud

Loyalty cards have become an attractive target for fraudsters. Find out how to protect yourself.

Mobile Banking

Mobile banking is fast and convenient. Make sure you keep it safe too.

Motor Insurance Fraud (Ghost broking)

Beware of buying motor insurance from unauthorised sellers

Online Gambling

Keep it safe with these top tips.

Online Radicalisation

Extremists make widespread use of the internet to spread their ideologies and radicalise young people.

Payday Loans

Payday loans can seem attractive to get you out of a fix, but they do carry risks.

Preventing Identity Theft

Your identity is precious. Keep it that way with a few simple precautions.


Maintain privacy and avoid identity theft or fraud.


Beware malware that holds you to ransom

Replacing Windows 7

Support for Windows 7 ceased in January 2020. Have you replaced it yet?

Revenge Porn

Posting explicit images online can cause victims considerable distress & embarrassment

Safe Property Rental

Sound advice on staying safe - whether you’re a landlord or a tenant.

Skype & Other Video Calls

Take care when using video calling/meeting services


Smishing is where you are defrauded via an approach from a text message

Spam & Scam email

A few simple rules about dealing with spam and scam emails.

Subscription Traps

Don’t get fooled by free or cheap offers which lock you into expensive payments.

Tax Scams

Fraudulent emails claiming to be from HMRC are a popular and convincing tool of scammers.

The Internet of Things

Connected everyday objects can be just as liable to intrusion as your computer and mobile devices.

Transferring Money

Take a few precautions when asked to transfer money.

Virtual Private Networks (VPNs)

The very important difference between company and consumer VPNs

Voucher / gift card scams

Scams involving ‘payments’ of debts or bills by gift card are on the increase

What is Social Engineering

Don’t be manipulated by strangers into doing something or giving away confidential information.

Young People & Cyber Criminality

Is your child making the wrong cyber choices?

Your Information & Facebook

Download the data that Facebooks holds about you.