Get Safe Online week (12th – 16th November) is upon us again. And in the last 12 months, the subject of getting safe, and staying safe, online has become even more personal to me.

    1. More personal like having to spend a whole day restoring a relative's PC, when it was subject to a self-inflicted trojan (self-inflicted - yup, he pressed the key to allow it in, and then watched it infect his machine with 30 other viruses).
    2. And more personal like finding my own home PC with a trojan and 3 viruses in an hour, after an inadvertent key press (a little bit more training and guidance for members of the Fleming household!)
    3. And more personal still when one of my friends asked for advice about a contact their daughter had made on Messenger, who was taking the conversation in an inappropriate direction (see below)*.

So, Get Safe Online week is a valuable contribution to reminding users everywhere to keep one step ahead of the criminals targetting us. Get Safe Online is the UK’s first national Internet security awareness campaign, founded in 2005 - a joint initiative between the Government, the Serious Organized Crime Agency (SOCA), Microsoft, and other private sector sponsors from the worlds of technology, retail and finance.

The initiative aims to help individuals and micro-businesses to protect themselves against Internet security risks by raising awareness of the need for Internet security and providing information, advice and updates through its website www.getsafeonline.org.

This November sees the third annual Get Safe Online Internet Safety Awareness Week, and, as in previous years, a road show will be touring the country next week visiting six UK cities from Bristol to Edinburgh. To find out more about activities in your area, visit the Get Safe Online website.

And if you want something for your staff or students, how about challenging them to see who scores highest in the "Just How Safe are you?" quiz - which teaches as well as tests.

 

ReportAbuse* My advice on 3: Block the contact, sit down and talk about making contacts online, and if appropriate, hit the "Report Abuse" button in Messenger, that goes straight through to the police to report any appropriate behaviour online with or to a child.