t coincides with the launch of a £4million Government “Cyber Streetwise” campaign which encourages people to take safety precautions while shopping, banking or socialising online. The campaign includes a new website and online videos.
PCC Martyn Underhill has already pledged to help tackle online crime in Dorset in 2014. His precept proposals would help fund a new cyber-crime initiative to raise awareness of the crime and better inform residents and businesses on how to protect themselves from online threats.
The launch of the government campaign is part of the National Cyber Security Programme and comes at a time as an increasing number of people use the web on laptops, tablets and smartphones. Findings from the government’s most recent National Cyber Security Consumer Tracker suggest more than half the population are not taking simple actions to protect themselves online.