Supporting Get Safe Online Week (24 Oct 2018)

West Yorkshire Police is supporting Get Safe Online Week to help people be safe online.

Get Safe Online Week is a national initiative running this week with the main theme of not 'oversharing' information online - #beawareofwhatyoushare. Detective Inspector Benn Kemp of West Yorkshire Police's Cyber Crime Team, said:

"It is easier than ever to share what you're doing online - for example how you are feeling, your likes and dislikes as well as information and updates about yourself, family and friends.

"Through this campaign we are urging people online to be careful what they share - for example by sharing your holiday pictures when you are away you may unwittingly be telling burglars your house is empty.

"When you go away you wouldn't leave a sign on the house saying: 'This house is empty' so why share the information online?

"It is good to share but some things are best kept to yourself - oversharing could mean overexposure. In the example of holiday pictures - why just not wait until you have returned from your holiday and your house is again occupied?

"Criminals can use basic information to their advantage - for example if they have your full date of birth, place of birth, partner's name, the name of your children, favourite football team and the name of your pet they could commit crime.

"The best advice is to be aware of what you share."

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) said: "I am pleased to support Get Safe Online who have put together some fantastic and comprehensive resources which I would encourage everyone to make best use of, as well as making a point of discussing online safety with your loved ones, friends and colleagues on a regular basis.

"The potential consequences of personal information falling into the wrong hands can be devastating. With this is mind, prevention is always better than the cure in taking a few common sense steps."

Other advice includes:

  • If your social media profiles aren't set to private then think about who might see them and what others could find out about you. 
  • Don't use family, pets' or team names in passwords or memorable phrases. If you do then make sure those names aren't on social media. 
  • Kids, family and friends have a right to privacy - do you share their information, location or photos on social media? 
  • Birth dates, addresses, workplaces, passports, driving licences and passwords are all confidential. Keep them that way. 
  • Do you grant access to your social media data in return for prizes or to take part in surveys? It's rarely a good idea to do so but if you do check they are legitimate and read the small print first. 
  • Remember what is put on line stays online for all to see - including current and potential employers. Think before you post.

If you think you have been a victim of fraud or identity theft, report it to @actionfrauduk or www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040

Visit https://www.getsafeonline.org/news/britain-is-a-nation-of-digital-over-sharers/

In addition to the specific advice about not oversharing West Yorkshire Police is also urging people online to be aware of the following tips:

  • Your passwords are the most common way to prove your identity when using websites, email accounts and your own computer. It is vital therefore to have strong passwords to protect your security and identity.
  •  Always update your anti-virus software - it is recommended you update immediately when prompted by your provider.
  • Back up your data
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