Cybercrime on the line up at Godiva Festival

Along with music ringing in their ears, festival goers will leave Godiva more cyber savvy this year thanks to a partnership between West Midlands Police and Get Safe Online.

On Sunday 9 July, cyber experts will join forces with officers to share cyber-crime prevention tips with visitors in a bid to keep them safe online.

As well as free professional advice covering everything from fraud, safeguarding and social networks, visitors are invited to bring their mobile devices for a free cyber security ‘health check’.

On the stand will be an Ferrari F1 simulator car giving visitors the chance to pit their driving skills against other members of the public and win lots of great prizes.

Chief Superintendent Chris Todd who leads on cybercrime for West Midlands Police, said: “Godiva had close to 150,000 visitors last year so officers and our expert cyber partners at Get Safe Online are excited about talking to as many people as possible about keeping safe.

“Cyber-attacks across the world have made headline news recently. Some sought to affect large scale organisations, but the reality is, we are all vulnerable to cyber-crime − from seemingly small scale fraud to cyberbullying and holiday fraud − the threats can affect any of us in all walks of life.

“The good news though is that about 80% of cyber-attacks can be prevented by taking really simple precautions such as updating operating systems, protecting passwords and downloading anti-virus software, and if you come and visit us at the Godiva Festival we can help you with this.

“When it comes to cyber-fraud, best we can do is to stay aware and be always suspicious to prevent becoming a victim in the first place. Remember, if something seems too good to be true, it probably is.

Assistant Police and Crime Commissioner Dr Lynnette Kelly said: “Crime is changing and cyber-crime is one of the increasing threats we all face.

“By taking simple steps such as strengthening passwords and make sure wifi networks are secure people can protect themselves against cyber-crime.

“It is really important that we raise awareness of the issue and give people the tools and knowledge to protect themselves. 80 per cent of cyber-crime is preventable if people follow sensible precautions.”

Tony Neate, CEO of Get Safe Online said: “We’re really excited to join forces with West Midlands Police and support its campaign to keep local businesses and communities safe online.

“The internet offers so many possibilities for all of us but it’s important that we take simple steps to keep safe from cyber criminals. Come down and join us at the Godiva Festival to hear our easy-to-follow expert tips and advice to help you stay safe online.”

Source:: West Midlands Police News

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