West Sussex Cyber Crime Prevention

Staying Safe Online

Follow these steps and advice to help stay safe online...


The internet is an exciting place, full of information, products and services which the vast majority of us use without issue. But, as we know, there are criminals who take advantage of the anonymity of the online world to deceive, hack and steal if the opportunity arises.

The good news is by following these easy precautions, it will significantly improve your chances of avoiding internet scams and you can enjoy being online.


A strong password is your first defence against hackers and cyber criminals.

To create a strong password simply choose three random words. Numbers and symbols can still be used if needed, however, using three random words is the key to creating a strong password.

Never use any word which is related to you and may be easy to guess, for example by looking at your social media pages.


What many people don’t realise is that software updates contain vital security upgrades which help keep your devices secure – they are not just there to improve performance.

Always download the latest software updates as soon as they are available

The majority of people don’t always download the latest software updates for their mobile phone or for their computer as soon as they are available to do so. 

The most common reason for this is that people feel it is too time consuming.

However, it only takes a few minutes to download software and app updates versus the time it can take to recover from a cyber hack.

For more information and advice please visit our Get Safe Online West Sussex Page: www.getsafeonline.org/westsussex

Spreading the message

One of the main aims of this campaign is to get these messages out at a local level. Utilising events and local networks already in existence is a way in which we are trying to achieve this.


Visit your local library to pick up a Get Safe Online in West Sussex leaflet (or download one via our resources tab). Library staff will also be able to help give advice or sign post you to advice and resources to help you stay safe online.

Digital Tea Parties

West Sussex County Council held its first Digital Tea Party in Littlehampton and hopes to run more events like this across the county in 2017.

The Digital Tea Party aims are to help residents to use devises and access services online, as well as staying safe and offering top tips and advice.

We will update this page when the next Digital Tea Party is due to take place.

Could you share this advice amongst your family, friends and networks?

Should you be interested in sharing this advice and messaging you may find these suggestions helpful:

Via the resources tab:

1. Share the leaflets available to download

2. Show the presentation available to friends/family/community groups

3. Pick a ‘how to guide’ and talk about it

4. Find out when WSCC Digital Tea Parties are being held near you 

5. Check out one of the websites for some latest safety advice via the advice and support section

Young people

Play your part and help make the internet become a safe and secure place for young people and children to communicate.

We want to equip you with the knowledge and information you need to manage your online presence and spot the signs of friends who may be vulnerable and in danger.

Here you’ll find examples existing online threats, privacy advice and security guidance to help keep you safe.

Watch our video and learn about real-life online dangers: 

Be in control of your online profile.

It’s never too late to adjust your account’s privacy settings and acting sooner rather than later could reduce the risk of having to block or delete a user in future.

Head to Your Space for tips on how to stay safe on social media, sexting advice and how to report someone’s online behaviour.

If you aren’t doing so already, learn about the key measures recommended to help maximise your online security. Click here for advice on choosing a password and managing software updates.


Advice and support

Cyber Aware

Cyber Aware (formerly Cyber Streetwise) aims to drive behaviour change amongst small businesses and individuals, so that they adopt simple secure online behaviours to help protect themselves from cyber criminals.

Get safe online

Get Safe Online is a joint initiative between the Government, the National Crime Agency, and public and private sector supporters from the world of technology, communication, retail and finance to raise awareness of internet security.

Action Fraud

Been a victim of cybercrime? Report it to Action Fraud.

Cyber Essentials

Cyber Essentials is a Government and industry-backed standard which protects your business against cyber threats.

Sussex Police

Sussex Police is responsible for policing the county of Sussex in southern England, report crime and incidents here.

Cyber Challenge UK

Cyber Security Challenge UK is a series of national competitions, learning programmes, and networking initiatives designed to identify, inspire and enable more people to become cyber security professionals.

Age UK West Sussex

Age UK offer activities in their centres across the county with some ‘Teach and Tech’ sessions run offering information and advice about tablets, phones and laptops.

O2 store experts

Did you know you can book an appointment with an NSPCC-trained O2 Guru?

Bring your devices with you and they'll be happy to answer your questions and set up your devices with parental controls. It's so simple!


Produced in partnership with the West Sussex Safeguarding Children Board, 'A guide to keeping your child safe online offers information and advice to parents & carers on factors that could help reduce the risk of being targeted by cyber criminals. These include: online behaviour, content suitability, parental controls, online relationships and how to report an issue.

Watch our video and learn how to set up parental controls:

Find a range of free online resources below to meet your security needs:

Information and Where to Report Cyber Aware leaflet AgeUK Internet Safety information Staying Safe Online presentation How to guide - Software Updates How to guide - Windows Updates The Little Book of Cyber Scams Parents' Online Safety guide Get Safe Online West Sussex Leaflet

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