Personal Cyber Security Advice

A unique resource providing practical advice on how to protect yourself, your computers and mobiles device against fraud, identity theft, viruses and many other problems encountered online. It contains guidance on many other related subjects too – including performing backups and how to avoid theft or loss of your computer, smartphone or tablet. Every conceivable topic is included on the site – including safe online shopping, gaming and dating … so now you really can stay safe with everything you do online.

The NCSC’s main purpose is to reduce the cyber security risk to the UK by improving its cyber security and cyber resilience. We work together with UK organisations, businesses and individuals to provide authoritative and coherent cyber security advice and cyber incident management. This is underpinned by world class research and innovation.

We provide a central point of contact for information about fraud and financially motivated internet crime. People are scammed, ripped off or conned everyday and we want this to stop.

The service is run by the City of London Police working alongside the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) who are responsible for assessment of the reports and to ensure that your fraud reports reach the right place. The City of London Police is the national policing lead for economic crime.

Take Five a national awareness campaign led by FFA UK (part of UK Finance), backed by Her Majesty’s Government and delivered with and through a range of partners in the UK payments industry, financial services firms, law enforcement agencies, telecommunication providers, commercial, public and third sector, urges you to stop and consider whether the situation is genuine – to stop and think if what you’re being told really makes sense.

Cyber Aware (formerly Cyber Streetwise) aims to drive behaviour change to help individuals to help protect themselves from cyber criminals: install the latest software and app updates and use a strong, separate password for your email. This is based on expert advice from the National Cyber Security Centre, a part of GCHQ.

Think you’re too smart to be scammed? Think again. Most people think they wouldn’t fall for a fraudulent text or email, but criminals are more sophisticated than ever.

Have your details already been compromised? Data breaches are rampant and many people don’t appreciate the scale or frequency with which they occur. By aggregating the data of all breaches, you’ll be able to learn of compromises to your accounts, but also highlights the severity of the risks of online attacks on today’s internet.

Find out how quickly your password could be cracked by a single computer guessing it. Don’t feel comfortable typing in your actual password? Change it slightly and you’ll get a similar result!