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The Threat of Cyber Crime is growing, but so is the capability to fight against it.
Protect yourself - be cyber savvy.

Bedfordshire Police have a unit dedicated to investigating cyber crime - The Cyber Hub

Call 101 to report crime or visit for information on cyber security.

Useful advice:

Use strong passwords, change them regularly and keep them secret. Mix upper and lower case. 9 or 10 characters is recommended. Treat them as Top Secret.

Use up to date anti-virus anti mal-ware software Don't forget to keep your tablet and smartphone up to date too.

Use 3G or 4G networks instead of free WiFi if out and about.

Back up often.

Consider what information you place on social networking sites regarding you, your home and place of employment. Do you let your contact know if you’re going away?

Check your mail. Do you shred private and personal information?

Make sure you have ’Virus’ Protection from a recognised company and it is kept up to date.

Always install updates that come from your provider or software supplier.

Don’t click on links you receive in unsolicited emails or SMS messages. The links may lead to malicious websites, and any attachments could be infected with malware. 

Only install apps from official app stores, such as Google’s Play Store, or Apple’s App Store.

When logging in to your online banking account, be extremely cautious if you’re asked for details such as the 3 digit (CVV) number on the back of your card, the long number on the front of the card, your card’s expiry date, or the 4 digit PIN for your card. If the online banking login page you’re on does ask for these details, then don’t login until you’ve called your bank to verify that you're logging in to a genuine web page.

Your bank will never ask you to transfer money out of your account and into another. If you receive messages, browser pop ups or calls asking you to do this, then don’t respond to them. Call your bank immediately.