Posted on 20th December 2019

It’s estimated that 44 per cent of us will buy some form of media item, such as games, videos, books or music for Christmas, which means that people of all ages will have new ‘toys’ to play with.

This means that many people will be setting up new devices either before putting them under the tree or after the wrapping paper has been ripped off. This set up time is perfect for ensuring cyber safety because cybercrime can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender, job or location.

It is estimated that around 80 per cent of known cyberattacks can be prevented by following the Force’s five simple rules, called the 5Cs.

“Cyber crime is rapidly becoming one of the fastest growing crimes in the UK,” explained Detective Sergeant David McFarlane who heads up the Force’s cyber team. “Over recent years crime types have changed from the more traditional to online and we estimate that almost half of all our recorded crime is now cyber-related.

“Our dedicated cyber team was formed in response to the rapidly growing threat to our communities from cyber criminals. We investigate cyber dependent crime but we also want to prevent this sort of crime from happening in our communities which is why we created our simple 5Cs guide to online safety and I would advise anyone who uses a smartphone, tablet or other form of device to follow our advice.”

It is estimated that around 80 per cent of known cyberattacks can be prevented by following the Force’s five simple rules, called the 5Cs.

The 5Cs, in short, are:
• Create – create strong passwords
• Cover – protect devices with regular updating of software
• Confidentiality – don’t share personal information and know who you are talking to
• Clicking – think before you click, make sure the source is genuine
• Connected – always use a secure connection

David Keane, Cheshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “Tackling cybercrime is one of my main priorities in order to protect vulnerable people who are often victimised online. There’s also a lot of work being carried out at a national and regional level with law enforcement agencies working together efficiently and effectively to respond to cyber-dependent crime, but there’s always more that needs to be done.

“This year I have allocated funding to establish a dedicated cyber unit within Cheshire police which is solely focused on tackling criminals who operate online. The team is doing a fantastic job implementing initiatives like the 5Cs to give local residents clear guidance on how to stay safe online.”

Change your online behaviour to stay safe online by following the 5Cs. Find out more at https://www.cheshire.police.uk/police-forces/cheshire-constabulary/areas/cheshire/campaigns/campaigns/2019/five-cs/