Cyber crime is one of the fastest growing areas of crime, affecting businesses as well as individuals.

Any offence where criminals use technology to break the law is classed as online crime.

We often break cyber-crime down into two categories:

  • Cyber-enabled crime - traditional crimes committed using the internet such as theft, harassment, fraud, identity theft, selling stolen goods, drug dealing.
  • Cyber-dependent crime - online crimes where a digital system is the target. These include attacks on computer systems to disrupt IT infrastructures, such as; unauthorised access (hacking), malicious software programming (malware) or denial of service attacks.

Cyber crime affects all areas of our society and can be very damaging and upsetting for victims. Whether you're a business or an individual, we are all vulnerable to cyber-crime

However, it is estimated that 80% of all cyber-crime is preventable, which means there are some basic steps that you can take to protect yourself.

Report it

If you have been a victim of cyber-crime report it to Action Fraud. Or you can ring 0300 123 2040.

More advice is contained in the links on this page

Top Tips

In order to avoid becoming a victim of online crime you don't need to be a computer expert. Using good online habits drastically reduces the chances of becoming a victim of cybercrime and will allow you to reduce your vulnerability and surf the web safely.

Create a strong password

Beware of phishing

Protect yourself

 

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