The vast majority of consumers use the internet without any problems. However anyone can fall prey to cyber criminals if they do not take basic security precautions when online.
For example, Windows software is routinely updates on the second Tuesday of each month (security updates are issued on that date). Should a critical update be necessary between monthly updates, make sure it is installed immediately.
Ransomware is a growing cyber threat to both individuals and businesses. Ransomware is a type of malware that locks your computer or mobile device and encrypts your files. When this happens the only way you can get access to your files is to pay a ransom. If you're a victim of ransomware - do not pay. There is no guarantee you will get your files back.
The No More Ransom project offers decryption keys for many different types of ransomware. Visit the No More Ransom website for advice on protecting yourself from ransomware and what to do if you're a victim.
To report fraud or online crime contact Action Fraud.