A hacker is a person who is able to access other people’s computers and modify programs or information.
Hacking happens when a hacker exploits a security breach in a network or computer and is able to access the information through the internet.
Basic online safety tips to protect you and your computer from hacking
- Configure and use e-mail filters to block spam.
- Install and use a firewall, pop-up blocker and spyware detector.
- Ensure that your virus definitions are up to date and run anti-virus and spyware detectors/cleaners regularly.
- Learn how to configure your computer to keep all of these solutions working efficiently.
You can report Fraud and Scams to Action Fraud at: www.actionfraud.police.uk
Or call them on: 0300 123 2040.
They are the UK's national fraud and internet crime reporting centre who provide a central point of contact for information about fraud and financially motivated internet crime. When you report to them you will be given a Police crime reference number. Action Fraud is not an emergency service - always dial 999 if you are in immediate danger.
If you believe someone has hacked or cracked your website you should contact your Internet Service Provider who should be able to offer advice and look into any security breaches.
Select Here to visit the Get Safe Online Website. This includes information on securing your computer, digital security at home, scams and schemes, keeping the office secure, physical security for computers, mobiles and other devices, a guide for when security fails, and various other resources.