Whittlesey and District Neighbourhood Watch

Whittlesey and District Neighbourhood Watch

Creating safer, stronger and active communities

Become Cyber Aware

The Government’s Cyber Aware campaign, which follows advice and technical expertise from the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), a part of GCHQ, offers the following simple advice to help you to improve your online security.

 The key behaviours to help you improve your online security are:

Install the latest software and app updates
  1. They contain vital security updates which help protect your device from viruses and hackers
  2. Security updates are designed to fix weaknesses in software and apps which could be used by hackers to attack your device. Installing them as soon as possible helps to keep your device secure
  3. You can choose to install updates at night when you are asleep and your device is plugged in or set your mobile or tablet to automatically update your apps when you are connected to Wi-Fi and an update is available
  4. You can also set laptops and desktops to automatically install software updates when an update is available

Use Strong and Separate Passwords

  1. Use a strong, separate password for your email account (you can use three random words or numbers to create a strong password)
  2. Hackers can use your email to access many of your personal accounts, by asking for your password to be reset, and to find out personal information, such as your bank details, address or date of birth, leaving you vulnerable to identity theft or fraud
  3. Having strong, separate passwords for your most important accounts means that if hackers steal your password for one of your less important accounts, they can’t use it to access your most important ones
  4. Make sure your password is easy for you to remember, but not easy for others to guess e.g. Pa55word may follow the rules of using letters and symbols but is well known amongst hackers as a common password
  5. Don’t use words which would be easy to discover from your social media accounts, such as your child’s name or favourite sports team
More Tips to Keep you Secure Online
  1. Secure your tablet or smartphone with a screen lock
  2. Give your device an extra layer of security by setting it to lock when you aren’t using it
  3. Screen locks provide an extra layer of security to your device, as each time you want to unlock it or turn it on, you will need to enter a PIN, pattern, password or fingerprint
    This means if someone gets hold of your device they can’t access the data on your device without entering your password, pattern, PIN or fingerprint
  4. Always back-up your most important data
  5. Safeguard your most important data such as your photos and key documents by backing them up to an external hard drive or a cloud-based storage system
  6. If your device is infected by a virus or accessed by a hacker, your data may be damaged or deleted, which means you won’t be able to access it. Backing up your data means you have another copy of it, which you can access
  1. Remember that spammers could also gain access to a friend’s account, so if you get an uncharacteristic email containing a link from a friend, do not click on it but find another way of contacting them to check that the message is genuine.
  2. Leave a website if you feel suspicious – if the site doesn’t look or ‘feel’ right, if there is text that doesn’t appear to have any purpose or doesn’t tie in with the rest of the site, or if you feel uneasy for any reason.
  3. Regularly check your social media privacy settings to control exactly what you’re sharing with whom.
  4. If you’re going away on holiday, don’t advertise it on social media!
  5. If you use a wireless network at home, password-protect it.

These simple steps can go a long way to helping you to stay secure online. For more information visit https://www.cyberaware.gov.uk

Secure Email Accounts

Email accounts contain more than just your emails.

Email accounts contain a wealth of sensitive information. Criminals can use your email to reset passwords or obtain personal and financial information, such as your bank details, full address or DOB, leaving you vulnerable to identity theft and fraud.

Secure your email account with two simple steps…

Use a strong, separate password  

Enable two-factor authentication

Online Scams Increased

After terrorist attacks, natural disasters or political unrest scammers will often increase their activities. 

Their attacks come in three main ways:

  • messages asking for help using emails, text messages or social media posts which seem to be from the victims or their families.
  • fake official emails, text messages, social media posts and phone calls claiming to represent charitable organisations.
  • providing links to traumatic or sensational footage or images connected to the incident which lead to the automatic download of spyware, ransomware or other malware.
Safeguard yourself by following this advice:
  • Do not click on links in unexpected / unsolicited emails, social media posts, instant messages, or texts.
  • Do not click on attachments in unexpected / unsolicited emails.
  • If you get a phone call asaking for donations after an inciden,t regard it as fraudulent and put the phone down.

If you become the victim of a scam, contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or at www.actionfraud.police.uk 

Children's Online Safety

The NSPCC has an excellent four step plan to help children stay safe online. The steps are formed from the idea of families working as a TEAM

The steps are: 

  • Talk About staying safe online
  • Explore their online world together
  • Agree  rules about what's ok and what's not.
  • Manage your family's settings and controls

To visit the NSPCC Share Aware site click here

To visit the NSPCC Online Safety Site for more advice on keeping children safe online click here

To visit the NSPCC guide to the social networks children use click here




This is the home page of the Meerkats.Why did we choose the Meerkat? The Meerkat belongs to the mongoose family. It is famous for standing upright looking out for eagles and hawks that might attack their community.

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A Meerkat is always careful.

Meerkats work together to keep themselves safe. When a deadly puff adder attacked a burrow the meerkats helped each other and carried all their babies to safety.

 When they want to be safe, meerkats go to their burrow.

 Like the meerkat you can learn to be watchful and help to keep yourself safe. Meerkats teach us not to let our guard down and work together to keep our community safe from dangers.

We do not live in the wild, but we do have to know about the world around us because sometimes other people, or things we do, can be unsafe. 

The Meerkat pages will help you to find out how you can help yourself and your friends to stay safe.