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 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.
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
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.
For more help with passwords visit: Create a strong password
Phishing emails are designed to steal from you by installing malicious software on your computer or directing you to malicious sites that look like the real thing to capture your personal details, login credentials and passwords.
If you were not expecting the email then be suspicious, take your time and think before you act. The met has released a video on phishing which can be viewed at: Beware of phishing
The Internet is a fantastic resource but it also comes with dangers. Remember the information you put out there about yourself stays there, so if you don't want the world to know something, don't put it on the internet.
Further information can be found at: Protect youself
Information on protecting yourself on social media can be found at: Social networking