New digital MOT launched

Residents across Derbyshire can check how safe they are online thanks to a new tool to help reduce cybercrime.

People can take a new Digital MOT – a questionnaire designed to help them find out how safe they are online and identify any actions they can take to protect themselves.

By answering a few simple questions about their online habits, people can find out the most important steps they can take to avoid falling victim to cyber-scammers.

The Digital MOT, launched by Derbyshire County Council, is available at www.saferderbyshire.gov.uk/MOT with two different sets of questions, depending on your age.

Cllr Carol Hart, Cabinet Member for Health and Communities, said: "Anyone who’s fallen victim to cybercrime knows the wide-reaching consequences – it not only breaks trust and confidence but can also plunge people into serious financial trouble.

"The new Digital MOT will simply and clearly point out where people might be going wrong when they’re online and gives really helpful tips on how they can improve.

"It doesn’t take too long to complete and really gives you peace of mind. And with Black Friday and Cyber Monday approaching there's never been a better time to make sure you are safe online."

Anyone who needs help or support to access the digital MOT can book a one-to-one session through their local library.

Cybercrime is any crime that involves a computer, the internet or related technology and now accounts for one third of all crime recorded in the UK and victims lost more than £40million in the last year.

The county council say fighting cybercrime is one of its key priorities and it has been working closely with Derbyshire Police and other partners to tackle the growing issue and raise awareness of simple steps people can take to stay safe. 

People can find out more at www.saferderbyshire.gov.uk/cybercrime.

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