It is that time of year when we tend to think about spring cleaning our homes. This year Dyfed Powys Police are supporting the Get Safe Online campaign to spring clean computers, laptops, tablets and phones to freshen up security settings and passwords.
DS Rob Gravelle of the Digital and Cyber Crime Unit said, “We hardly ever change our passwords for the technology we use and this can make us an easy target for criminals. We are asking people to take a few moments and to think about how easy it would be to protect the technology they use each day and to improve the security settings and passwords.
Our partners Get Safe Online recommend the following steps:
Tony Neate, CEO of Get Safe Online, commented, “This spring we want to encourage people to take their spring cleaning a step further and give their technology some attention. Installing security software and keeping it up to date is one of the most basic things we can do to stay safe online and, by not bothering, people are opening themselves up to dangerous scams, spam and viruses. And as our smartphones and tablets become a bigger part of our lives, we must get into the same mind-set as we have with our computers and install security software as second nature.
“Another basic precaution to keep your information safe and avoid identity theft is to always use a PIN number or password on all your devices. It might seem like an inconvenience at first but it will soon become second nature and it will save time, money and hassle in the long run.”
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