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Government wants Brits to be Cyber Streetwise

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With a massive increase in the number of people browsing the web on laptops, tablets and smartphones, it’s high time that people should be made aware of skills and knowledge which will protect them against any kind of online frauds.

Focusing on cyber security of people, the UK Government as part of its National Cyber Security Programme has launched a new campaign called “Cyber Streetwise” to change the way people view online safety. The campaign aims at reminding people to constantly update the security settings of their laptops, smartphones, computers, making sure their passwords are secure and ensuring that company workers know their responsibilities in protecting user’s confidential information.

The action was taken following a research which revealed that more than half the population in the UK is not taking simple actions to protect themselves online. Medium and small size business firms are at risk too as it has been found that some of the firms have not updated their security systems in more than a decade, leaving their systems exposed to online thieves and fraudsters.

James Brokenshire, Security Minister, supporting the campaign said “The internet has radically changed the way we work and socialize. It has created a wealth of opportunities, but with these opportunities there are also threats” notes BBC.

“As a government we are taking the fight to cyber criminals wherever they are in the world”.

“However, by taking a few simple steps while online the public can keep cyber criminals out and their information safe.”

Gary Fairley from the Scottish Business Resilience Centre said “There has been a shift in cyber criminals’ attention towards SMEs in the last year or so and its important businesses take the threat seriously.”

Internet users have been advised to visit the website Cyber Streetwise websire for safety tips and advice to protect themselves and their families online.