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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.

Safety tips to protect you and your computer from hacking

  • Configure and use email 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. 

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.

Click 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.