Protect Yourself Online

Protect Yourself Online
Whether you are a child, a parent / carer or an older adult, if you use a device to go online you could be a target for fraudsters. Luckily, there is a wealth of very useful information available for you to reduce the risk of you being a target.

• Protect your device – ensure the latest updates are installed as this helps to prevent it being vulnerable
• Don't use the same password for every site, ensure passwords are not easy to guess and include a combination of letters, numbers and special characters
• Make sure you use an anti-virus software and spyware software – you can get free versions or pay for a subscription and the level of protection will vary. However they will help you to avoid being a victim of identity theft, fraudulent websites and much more

There is a wealth of information available to help you stay safe online. The following are some recommended ones:

Get Safe Online

Children and young people:

Older adults:

Fraudsters will also try other methods to con you out of your money and these scams can be hard to spot, but there are a few things that you can look out for. These can include:

• If it seems too good to be true, it probably is
• If you're being asked to transfer money quickly or in an unusual way such as iTunes vouchers or money transfer services like MoneyGram or Western Union or by someone you don't know
• If you have been asked for personal information like passwords, card details or PINs from an organisation who wouldn't normally ask for these details eg. the NHS
• If you receive an unusual email or text message to suggesting 'you missed a delivery' particularly when you aren't expecting anything

You can find more information about scams on the ActionFraud website:
This is a trusted organisation who works to combat fraud and financially-motivated crime. It also provides a way to report scams, as well as lists of different scams and what to look out for.

Further information can also be found at AgeUK:

You can also sign up to receive alerts about scams in your area on the ActionFraud website or you can sign up to the National Trading Standards email alert system to find out about scams across the country on:

Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB)
ASB is a term that you hear a lot, but do you know what classes as anti-social behaviour? The law defines anti-social behaviour as behaviour that 'causes, or is likely to cause, harassment, alarm or distress to any person'. However, this does not mean that anything constitutes ASB; there are a number of other considerations that professionals use.

Derbyshire County Council and Derbyshire Constabulary developed and launched an ASB Hub where you can find information on what is and what isn't ASB, how you can report it, what action can be taken and much more. To have a look at the hub go to:

If you want to report ASB to us, you can call 0115 907 2244 or use Erewash Borough Council's General Enquiry Form:

You can also report it to Derbyshire Constabulary on 101

If you are struggling to cope with anti-social behaviour that you are experiencing, Remedi may be able to offer you free support to help you, head over to:

If you have reported anti-social behaviour three or more times within 6 months, and you feel your concerns haven't been dealt with, you can apply for a Community Trigger. For more information use the following link:;

Posted: Thu, 24 Feb 2022 11:30 by Sarah Kitchener

Tags: Community