Shop securely online this Christmas with Cyber Aware

If you're one of the many people who are going to buy more of their Christmas presents online this month, we would like to urge you to follow the new cyber safety campaign. Criminals have managed to scam an average of £775 from each victim during the festive period in 2019.


The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) – a part of GCHQ – this month has launched a major government advertising campaign - Cyber Aware. This campaign outlines six key behaviours to protect your accounts and devices from the majority of online crime.


Statistics by the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau have shown that over last year’s Christmas shopping period (1st November 2019 and 31st January 2020) there were 17,405 reports of online shopping fraud, reporting a total loss of £13.5 million – an average of £775 per incident.


More and more shoppers are swapping the high street for the opportunity to shop online this year due to lockdown restrictions, a new NCSC website and television advertising campaign have been launched to advise on the six essential behaviours.

“This year we have spent more time online than ever before. Whether it be working or shopping online, criminals and others often see the internet as another means to cause harm. As we approach the Christmas season, we should all be on our guard and take the practical Cyber Aware actions to keep us safe as we work, shop and socialise online.” Penny Mordaunt, the Paymaster General

The Cyber Aware campaign is delivered by the NCSC working alongside the Home Office, the Cabinet Office and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and aims to help individuals and organisations to protect themselves online.


The Cyber Aware campaign encourages the public to adopt six behaviours to protect their online accounts and devices. These are:

  1. Use a strong and separate password for your email

  2. Create strong passwords using 3 random words

  3. Save your passwords in your browser

  4. Turn on two-factor authentication (2FA)

  5. Update your devices and apps

  6. Back up your data

The contents of this blog provided for general information only and are not intended to replace specific professional advice relevant to your situation. The intention of Cyber Resilience Centre for Greater Manchester (CRCGM) is to encourage cyber resilience by raising issues and disseminating information on the experiences and initiatives of others. Articles on the website cannot by their nature be comprehensive and may not reflect most recent legislation, practice, or application to your circumstances. CRCGM provides affordable services and Trusted Partners if you need specific support. For specific questions please contact us by email.


CRCGM does not accept any responsibility for any loss which may arise from reliance on information or materials published on this blog. CRCGM is not responsible for the content of external internet sites that link to this site or which are linked from it.

The contents of this website are provided for general information only and are not intended to replace specific professional advice relevant to your situation. The intention of Cyber Resilience Centre for Greater Manchester (CRCGM) is to encourage cyber resilience by raising issues and disseminating information on the experiences and initiatives of others.  Articles on the website cannot by their nature be comprehensive and may not reflect most recent legislation, practice, or application to your circumstances. CRCGM provides affordable services and Trusted Partners if you need specific support. For specific questions please contact us.

CRCGM does not accept any responsibility for any loss which may arise from reliance on information or materials published on this website. CRCGM is not responsible for the content of external internet sites that link to this site or which are linked from it.

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