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Staying safe online

More and more people are using computers, smartphones and tablets to get online. It’s a great way to look up information, do your shopping, stay connected with loved ones, and even make new friends.

The internet has lots of positive aspects, but there are things you need to look out for. These include viruses which can damage your computer and online scams.

Online scams to be aware of include:

For more details about online scams - Check if something might be a scam - Citizens Advice

Remember to STOP, CHALLENGE and PROTECT yourself against scams.

To keep yourself safe follow these tips:

  • Use a strong and separate password for your email – three random words
  • Install the latest software and app updates for your device
  • Turn on 2-Step Verification (2SV)
  • Back up your data

The National Cyber Security Centre has further information here or call 0300 123 2040 to report cybercrime.

More information available at Friends against Scams, the Age UK website and Get Safe Online website.

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