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Rough Guide to Online Safety Launched

Get Safe Online, in partnership with Association of Chief Trading Standards Officers and the Association of Chief Police Officers, recently published its new “Rough Guide to Online Safety.”  Unveiled as part of the seventh annual Get Safe Online Week running from 7th-11th November, the “Rough Guide to Online Safety” is a handbook outlining the main security issues and recommended protective measures for consumers and small businesses.
Forty per cent of computer users have experienced virus attacks and it is estimated that over a thousand new computer viruses emerge every month, according to Get Safe Online.  With significant potential for online viruses, scams and privacy violations, the “Rough Guide to Online Safety” provides a snapshot on digital security and smart surfing for every scenario, from social networks to small business security to mobile phone usage.
“This Government takes internet crime seriously and is working hard with businesses and the law enforcement community to keep people safe when they surf the web.  The ‘Rough Guide to Online Safety’ is an incredibly useful resource and I urge people to download it before they start their online Christmas shopping,” said James Brokenshire MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Crime and Security.
Designed for those seeking to bolster knowledge of online security and users in need of a hard-copy reference on digital safety, the guide provides security definitions as well as a view into the mind of an online criminal. 
“The government and independent organisations maintain online security as a high priority and as evidenced through this collaboration we aim to inform and empower users, which we hope they use to stay smart on the latest security threats and protect themselves,” adds Stuart Hyde, Deputy Chief Constable  Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO).
The report also includes focus areas on social networking and online shopping, online schemes and scams, mobile issues, security resources, physical security, and what to do when security fails. 
“We are excited to partner with ACPO and Get Safe Online on this guide, which helps safeguard individuals.  It provides an updated, easy to reference resource for users that will help them navigate online security challenges effectively,” said Karen Ford, head of Milton Keynes Trading Standards.   
“Typically, online criminals are in search of financial details or personal information, and the usually they access this information unbeknownst to the user.  However, just because there are security concerns when you go online doesn’t mean you need to shut off and limit your computer usage: there are a few key ways – like installing security software and creating complex passwords – that can keep you protected online,” said Tony Neate, managing director of 
Get Safe Online is a joint initiative between the Government, law enforcement, leading businesses and the public sector.  Its aim is to provide computer users and small businesses with free, independent, user-friendly advice that will allow users to use the internet confidently, safely and securely. 
To download the “Rough Guide to Online Safety”:
For information and advice on how to guard against online fraud and other internet crime, visit the Get Safe Online website at To report online fraud, please contact Action Fraud
About Get Safe Online
Get Safe Online (, which is now entering its fifth year, is the UK’s national internet security awareness initiative. A joint partnership between the Government, the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA), Ofcom and private sector sponsors from the worlds of technology, communication, retail and finance, the initiative continues to educate, inform and raise awareness of internet security issues to encourage confident, safe use of the internet. is supported by the Cabinet Office, Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS), Home Office, Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA), HSBC, Microsoft, Cable & Wireless, Ofcom and PayPal.