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Government launches 'Cyber Streetwise' campaign

Charlotte Jee Published 13 January 2014

Campaign aims to change behaviour of consumers and small businesses to improve their online safety


The government has launched a campaign to encourage consumers and small businesses to protect themselves from online crime.

The 'Cyber Streetwise' campaign aims to change the way people behave on the internet by providing the public and businesses with the skills and knowledge they need to take control of their online safety.

The campaign website ( includes videos and advice on a range of topics, including how to create strong passwords, how to bank safely online, how to protect sensitive business and customer information and how to shop and use social media safely.

The campaign is part of the government's wider National Cyber Security Programme and focuses on changing five behaviours in particular:

  • using strong, memorable passwords
  • installing anti-virus software on new devices
  • checking privacy settings on social media
  • shopping safely online - always ensuring to check online retail sites are secure
  • downloading software and application patches when prompted

In conjunction with the announcement, the government released findings from its most recent Cyber Security Consumer Tracker which it says suggest that 'more than half the population are not taking simple actions to protect themselves online'.

The findings show that 94% of people believe it is their personal responsibility to ensure a safe internet experience but only 44% always install internet security software on new equipment, 37% download updates and patches for personal computers when prompted and only 30% habitually use complex passwords.

The 'Cyber Streetwise' campaign is led by the Home Office, with support from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Cabinet Office.

Security minister James Brokenshire said, "The internet has radically changed the way we work and socialise. It has created a wealth of opportunities, but with these opportunities there are also threats. As a government we are taking the fight to cyber criminals wherever they are in the world.

"However, by taking a few simple steps while online the public can keep cyber criminals out and their information safe. Cyber Streetwise is an innovative new campaign that will provide everyone with the knowledge and confidence to make simple and effective changes to stay safe online."


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