Get Safe Online's UK initiative to keep families safe online

Fake phone calls, emails and texts are a form of ‘Social engineering’, an extremely targeted type of scam where fraudsters manipulate their victims into sharing confidential information. As part of the national initiative, Get Safe Online, along with its partners, has unveiled a new TV ad which it hopes will keep everyone safe online and encourage the public to think twice before they act:

Figures from Get Safe Online, the UK’s premier internet security awareness initiative, reveal that over a quarter (26%) of victims of online crime have been scammed by fake emails or phone calls and that over a fifth of people (22%) said they are most concerned about this sort of online crime.

People are being urged to make sure they have strong passwords or PINs to secure devices, as well as making sure all software and apps are up-to-date.