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Are you safe online? Tackling cyber crime

In 2018, 50 million active Facebook accounts were hacked, raising important issues about cyber security for the site’s 2.38 billion users. Cyber hacking is all around, not just on our social media. According to software producers Symantec, everyday 24,000 malicious mobile apps are blocked.

Before reading this article ask yourself these questions: Do you know how to create a strong password? Do you know what to look out for in your inbox to avoid fraud?

And most importantly, do you think you are safe online?

According to the National Crime Agency, cyber criminals seek to exploit human or security vulnerabilities, passwords and even bank details. With 3.4 billion active internet users, cyber criminals have healthy pickings for their ventures, the easiest being our email and social media passwords.

Charles Arthur, former technology editor of the Guardian and author of Cyber Wars: Hacks that shocked the business world, told The Yorkie: “Most of us carry our lives through the internet and accounts we run, you must ask yourselves do you want these open to the real world?”.

Riona Lang, 21-year-old York St John University student never thought being hacked would happen to her, she uses what she feels to be: “Safe passwords with numbers.” and doesn’t share this information with anyone. But last year she was hacked on Facebook with very awkward consequences.

Riona Lang discusses her experience with her Facebook account being hacked

An initiative launched by Yorkshire & Humber Regional Cyber Crime Unit intends to educate 11-17-year olds on the laws surrounding cyber security. ‘The Matrix’ is an interactive game including numerous challenges, training the user in safety techniques and digital skills. 

Yorkie Journalist Molly Catterall demonstrating part of the Matrix game. Mia Wilson on Vimeo.

The game is also a competition, with the final taking place at York Race Course in July, where the winner will win technology for themselves and their school.