4 March 2015

At a time of increasing cybercrime threats, it’s a step in the right direction to see a new kind of pop-up shop springing up around the country; one of the cyber-security variety!

security_patched (2)On the 6th and 7th of this month, the Association of Chief Police Officers and local police forces will hold these events in London, Reading, Derby and Manchester (so if you’re at the Trafford Centre, it could be a good excuse to drag your partner and your credit card away from Jimmy Choo).

If you’ve got a device with you, you can take it along and test how secure it is, as well as receiving some invaluable advice about protecting yourself online.

When I read about this initiative, one comment stood out to me in particular, and it came from the deputy director of the National Crime Agency’s cybercrime unit. He commented that, “all of us – as individuals, businesses or law enforcement agencies – have a role to play in making the UK a safe place to enjoy the huge opportunities provided by the internet.”

Personally, I couldn’t agree more. It doesn’t fall to one single person or organisation to be accountable for preventing cybercrime. As with protecting the environment, there are things we can all do to make sure we’re not an easy target for the increasingly clever hackers and cybercriminals keeping us on our toes.

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