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Advice guide - Protect yourself online

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What is cybercrime?

'Cyber crime' is a term used to define any crime that takes place online or where a digital system is targeted by means of a criminal attack.

Nottinghamshire Police takes cyber criminality very seriously, with cyber-enabled crime (existing crimes that have been transformed in scale or form by use of the Internet) being one of our strategic priorities. Victims of cyber crime can be a single person, a group of people, or an organisation. Some examples of how cyber crime can affect you as an individual or group are:

  • Having your social media or other online accounts hacked
  • Being bullied online (often referred to as cyber bullying)
  • Someone gaining access to your online banking account(s), giving them your access to your bank account details and finances (this may also come under fraud - see our dedicated Fraud advice pages)
  • A person or group pretending to be someone they are not while online for the purposes of extracting money from you
  • Spam emails for the purposes of infecting devices and stealing personal information, or scam emails attempting to part you with your money

Large companies or organisations may also face the danger of cyber breaches or hacks - where cyber criminals attempt to disrupt business or steal data owned by a business - for the purposes of corporate espionage, ransom, or to de-fraud that business' customers.

Protect yourself against cybercrime

By taking a few simple steps to educate yourself about the dangers of cyber crime and how you can protect yourself, you are making it much more difficult for the criminals to take advantage.

Please report all cybercrime incidents directly through the Action Fraud website, or by calling 0300 123 2040

We align all of our advice with the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), please take a look at their website for further support and guidance.

Nottinghamshire Police have teamed up with Get Safe Online, an expert in advance about keeping yourself protected and safe while using technology in a world that is increasingly based online in your personal and professional life.

Here, you can find out lots more about all aspects of staying safe online, including:

There is also a dedicated advice section for businesses that covers protecting hardware and devices, information security, software protection and advice on ways of working.

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