E-crime month – June 2015

Kent County Council Trading Standards will be running a campaign to raise awareness about cybercrime and educate people of the dangers posed by criminals on the Internet. Our aim is to increase the understanding of cyber threats and empower Kent residents to stay safe and secure online.  Malicious software, also known as malware, is created by criminals to infect computers and gather information without the users permission.  In 2014 there was a spike in malware created with over 143 million programs created worldwide resulting in 3 new malware programs being released every second! 

During 2014 there were several major data breaches reported in the headlines about big companies where more than 348 million identities were exposed from data breaches.   In the UK 81% of large corporations and 60% of small businesses reported a cyber-breach during 2014.

Reports and press releases about cybercrime tend to use very technical language and terms unfamiliar to the average consumer. Throughout the month of June we’ll be explaining one technical term each day in order to educate consumers and help them understand the dangers better. We will be advising consumers about how to protect themselves against each type of cybercrime, how to protect their identities and passwords and how to identify bogus websites.

Follow Kent County CouncilTrading Standards on Twitter: https://twitter.com/kent_ts and like their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kent-Trading-Standards/386603161497200 to receive our messages and alerts about cybercrime.

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