With lockdown creating a perfect environment for cyber criminals, with social media top of their target list. West Yorkshire Police are supporting a nation wide campaign to raise awareness about account security.

The national campaign launched last Monday will run until the end of the week. Organised jointly by City of London Police, Action fraud and the NPCC, the Secure your Accounts campaign aims to help people stay safe online.

Last year more than 15,000 people reported falling victim to email or social media account hacking last year. It’s one of the fastest growing criminal activities in the world and is constantly evolving.

It can strike anywhere at any time. It hits young and old, rich and poor, men and women. It comes in many forms, from identity theft to fraud or online harassment.

The impacts can be devastating. Aside from the possible financial loss, victims feel worried, scared and anxious.

“It is important that we highlight how people can help to protect themselves from becoming a victim of cybercrime,” said Inspector Dan Tillett of WYP Cybercrime. “We would advise to use strong passwords, such as three totally random words, whilst enabling two-factor authentication and not to disclose your passwords to anyone. We also advise keeping track of your social media privacy settings as personal information can be easily accessible to criminals on social media.”

If you think you have been a victim of cybercrime you can contact Action Fraud on 03001232040 or report a crime online at www.actionfraud.police.uk