Stay safe online this Christmas

How to stay safe and avoid being targeted by cyber hackers when you shop online.

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The '12 Scams of Christmas'

With more people doing their festive shopping online this year due coronavirus, the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) is warning that hackers have more opportunities to carry out cyber attacks.

They do this by using email and website scams, and malware (software that can damage a device or let a hacker in). If they get into your device or accounts, they could access your money or personal information.

If you are using a personal device to do your online shopping over Christmas, the NCSC website has some very helpful advice on the actions you can take to stay safe. You might also want to take a look at their '12 Scams of Christmas' poster for tips.

Watch the Cyber Aware advert

There is a national campaign aimed at providing you with more information about being cyber aware. You can watch the advert now.


Stay safe when shopping online

Nearly 30,000 victims lost a total of £15.4 million to online shopping fraud during last year's festive shopping season.

The Action Fraud website has some top tips on how to shop online safely this Christmas.


Additional information

Cyber Aware on Twitter

The National Cyber Security Centre