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Dorset Police Supports Get Safe Online Week

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1:52pm 22nd October 2014

It's the fastest emerging crime in Dorset and you'll never see or hear it coming which is why Dorset Police is joining a national campaign to raise awareness about cyber-crime.

It's part of Get Safe Online Week that educates people about how to keep their computers smartphones, tablets and games consoles secure.

Dorset Police are also encouraging the public to help vulnerable members of society who might be using online devices.

Director of Intelligence, Superintendent Mark Callaghan said: "Cyber enabled crimes are traditional crimes that are increased in their scale and reach by computers. They include fraud, scams, theft - including identification theft - and sexual offending against children such as grooming and indecent images."

Get Safe Online have issued a 'Get Safe Top 10' of basic rules to follow when online:

- Make sure your computer has up-to-date internet security software, switched on
- Don't reveal personal information on social networking sites
- Regularly backup the data on your computer and smartphone/tablet
- Never reveal your password or PIN when asked to do so by email or on the phone
- Make sure your wireless network is secure at all times
- Be careful who you are selling to and buying from on auction sites
- Choose strong passwords, change them regularly and don't tell anybody what they are
- When shopping, paying or banking online, always make sure the website is secure
- Always download the latest software and operating system updates when prompted
- Remember your smartphone is also a target for viruses and spyware

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