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Are you keeping safe online?

This January, we will be giving you top tips to keep safe online, following a Twitter poll revealing our twitter followers’ main cyber concerns.

The survey showed that more than a third (39%) of the people are most worried about online banking, in terms of fraud and security; 33% are concerned about shopping online; social media is a top concern for 21%; and 7% are most worried about online dating.

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"If you haven’t got a New Year’s resolution yet, why not make it to tighten your security online?"

Over the next two weeks, we will be sharing advice on how to safeguard your personal data and gadgets against online criminals, using #SafeOnline. Follow the @ASPolice handle on Twitter and help us spread the word by re-Tweeting our top tips as well as speaking to your family and friends about how to stay safe online.

Detective superintendent Sarah Davenport, Force Lead for online crime, said: “If you haven’t got a New Year’s resolution yet, why not make it to tighten your security online? In Avon and Somerset, reported online crime has increased by 92.6% in the last year. This is likely to be because awareness has increased and more people are reporting it, which is positive. But we want to make sure people are taking every precaution to protect themselves and their families from cyber criminals.  

“Over the next two weeks, we’ll be Tweeting simple tips to make sure your personal data and devices are secure. Some of these can be done in just five minutes, such as making your passwords stronger, and looking out for signs that a website is secure before making purchases online. We hope this campaign encourages people to take simple measures to keep safe online.”

You can find more top tips and advice at: