Internet Safety and Security

Millions of users around the world using the internet for a wide range of things have opened up new opportunities for criminal activities such as fraud and identity theft. This type of online activity is sometimes known as ‘cybercrime’.

About one in four internet users has become a victim of online crime. Many security exploits are used to allow an unauthorised person to gain access to your computer. This person can then:

  • Get your personal information such as passwords for accessing your online bank account, credit card details and emails
  • Use your internet connection to send spam/junk messages to your e-mail contacts
  • Use your computer for other malicious purposes
  • Simply remove or destroy content on your computer.

Internet crime is a worldwide problem, and one which Cheshire Police takes very seriously. Following the advice in this section of the website will help to minimise your chances of becoming a victim of cybercrime.

For more detailed information on internet fraud and online scams please visit the fraud page.

You can also download a copy of the Stay Secure Online 2017 document.

Advice and information

Vulnerabilities and threats increase as people let more and more technology into their lives. This hasn’t gone unnoticed by the criminal fraternity and organised crime groups, who are also adapting how they operate, using this lucrative technology more and more to prey on the vulnerable members of society. 

Eight out of 10 of us now use the internet every day. We're all becoming more and more reliant on digital technology both at home and at work so following our 5Cs guide will go a long way to keeping people safe online


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Identity theft

This section helps you to understand the different types of identity theft and provides you with advice on how to protect yourself from identity theft.

Protect your computer

This section highlights some of the risks to your computer including tips on how to protect your PC or Mac.

Protect yourself

This section covers important topics such as identity theft, social networking and cyberbullying.

Online services

This section covers the services that the internet offers including buying/banking online, auction websites and passwords.

Social networking

This sections gives you guidance on using social networking and social media sites safely.

Get Safe Online

We work in partnership with Get Safe Online – an online resource of easy-to-understand information and practical advice on how to protect yourself, your computers, mobiles devices and your business against fraud, identity fraud, viruses and many other problems encountered online. It also contains guidance on safe online shopping, gaming and dating and a wide variety of topics.