Get Safe Online Week 2017: Cyber Safe Warwickshire encourage residents to ask them anything about Cyber Safety

Do you know your adware from your spyware or how to create a safe and secure password online? Are there things you have always wondered about online safety but didn’t know who to ask? Wonder no more, Cyber Sam and Alex are here to help you this week.

As part of Get Safe Online Week 2017, Sam and Alex from the team at Cyber Safe Warwickshire will be running an Ask Me Anything (AMA) session on Twitter on Thursday 26th October at 2pm.

If you have a question you can tweet it to @CyberSafeWarks with the hashtag #WCCyberSafeAMA and the team will collate and answer your questions in a special twitter session on Thursday.

In June 2017, Warwickshire County Council and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner launched their report into the findings of the second cyber crime survey for Warwickshire, which was completed by a record number of Warwickshire residents in late 2016.

The key findings of this survey were:

  • There have been nearly 15,000 successful phishing scams in Warwickshire in the last 12 months.
  • Over 5,500 residents have been a victim of an online romance scam.
  • 9,900 have been victim of identity fraud.
  • 30,000 fell victim to viruses and malware.
  • Over 6,000 online hate crimes.
  • Other online fraud and theft equates to a further 21,500 victims.

Cllr Howard Roberts, Warwickshire County Council portfolio holder for Community Safety, said:

“The results of the second cyber crime survey should be a wake-up call to all Warwickshire residents to start taking their cyber security seriously. As we conduct more of our lives in the online sphere, the risks posed to us all will increase exponentially year-on-year.

“Warwickshire Cyber Crime Advisors offer fantastic advice and training on all aspects on online safety and if you have a question you have always wanted to know about staying safe online, I would urge you to take advantage of this event and ask them.”

In addition to this, the team will also be livestreaming one of their popular Cyber Champion meetings between 12 and 1pm on Wednesday 25th October. Follow @CyberSafeWarks to tune in.

You can find out about cyber crime in Warwickshire and how to protect yourself by visiting the new website with handy tips, tricks and videos relating to online safety:

You can also follow the Cyber Safe Warwickshire Team on Twitter: @CyberSafeWarks, Facebook and Instagram.