With so much of our daily routine now online - banking, shopping, social networking to name but a few – criminals are increasingly going online to exploit people in various ways.
As part of Police Scotland’s continued programme to help deliver Safer Virtual Communities, the education in internet and online safety is a recognised and integral part of our commitment to continue to work with partners and local policing divisions in protecting members of the public whilst online.
Raising awareness of potential online crimes and providing the Scottish public with key prevention advice on how to keep important information secure and reduce the risk of becoming a victim, will go a long way in protecting you within the cyber world.
To help keep yourself safe, here are a few golden rules to follow.
- Be careful online – use a secure browser and only insert card details if the padlock icon is visible
- Do not divulge personal information over the phone unless you initiate the call
- Never enter personal information into a pop up screen
- Never email personal or financial information, even if you are close with the recipient
- Protect your devices by installing anti-virus software on them all and ensure they are up to date
Remember: If it’s illegal offline it is illegal online.
This includes posting anything that promotes crime, violence or drug misuse. This also includes threats made against you, or attempts to force you to pay money or do something to prevent your personal information or images being posted elsewhere on the internet or forwarded to others. This activity is often linked to footage taken using webcams, known as Online Webcam Extortion.
Whether you are a young person, parent, older person, self-employed, or work within either private, public or third sector industries the following links on this page will provide up to date and relevant information and advice around living our lives online and how you can do that safely and spot when things may not be what they seem.
Should you wish further advice then contact either your local Safer Community Department or the National Safer Community Department by dialling 101.
How can I keep my child safe online?
For more information about how to keep your child safe online, who can help and where you can report inappropriate, illegal or indecent images involving children, visit CEOP - Keep your Child Safe Online.
What if I find illegal images on the web?
Find out how to report illegal website images and content here.
Where can I get more information about keeping safe online?
For more information about how to use the internet safely and securely, visit
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