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Police in alert over computer security

A senior detective in charge of the PSNI's Cyber Crime Centre has said a new UK survey should make everyone in Northern Ireland reassess their online security.

In a specially commissioned survey for Get Safe Online Week, starting today, more than one in five (21%) victims of a cybercrime believe they were specifically targeted by fraudsters and over a third (37%) had been left feeling vulnerable as a result.

Only 38% of the victims believed the incident was down to bad luck and over half (57%) think it's becoming much easier to fall victim to online crime.

And 41% of people who have been a victim of a cybercrime lost money with the average person losing £738. Men are likely to lose significantly more, with the average loss £839 compared to £617 for women. Alarmingly, 8% stated they had lost in excess of £5,000.

Detective Chief Inspector Douglas Grant, from Serious Crime Branch, said: "Simple measures like limiting the amount of personal information on social media platforms, using anti-virus software and keeping it up-to-date can help to prevent online crime."

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