Advice has been issued by the police to stay vigilant against cyber criminals.
Police.co.uk has launched a new campaign encourage people to be cyber aware.
A spokesman for the website said: “More people now store valuable data – both personal and business – on devices like a smartphone, tablet or computer.
“If a hacker gains access to your device they could cause a lot of damage – for example, they can access sensitive data such as your email or bank details or your clients’ details if you are a business owner.”
To help you keep your data secure, the Cyber Aware campaign is encouraging people to take three simple steps to help stay secure online. These are:
Make passwords stronger by using three random words
Install security software on all devices
Always download the latest software updates
For more information and cyber safety tips click here.