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Be Safe Online: Cyber Security Outreach Program

Cyber security is an important and emerging issue in personal safety. The ubiquity of social media, personal communication devices, and changes in perceptions about privacy of data create new risks to personal safety in terms of virtual space.

Addressing cyber security concerns for youth, residents, and businesses is an important aspect of Surrey's Public Safety Strategy. There is a need for improved awareness and understanding of the risk factors with regard to online security, as well as improved and easily accessible tools and resources for individuals to take responsibility for their safety and the safety of their children.

Be Safe Online

Be Safe Online is a new City outreach program designed to help residents and businesses by providing access to cyber security and online bullying and harassment education and information resources. It provides support to individuals and business owners to increase their awareness of cyber security and learn how to protect themselves and their businesses. It also addresses the issue of online bullying and harassment hoping to help reduce victimization and encourage people to reach out for support.

The ultimate goal of the program is to ensure individuals and businesses are not only aware of the risks, but that they implement actions to improve their safety online so incidents of cybercrime, bullying and harassment can be reduced.

Top 5 ways to be safe online

  1. Use two-step authentication to protect your accounts. The majority of passwords can be hacked in less than one second. Watch the video above to learn the importance of two-step authentication.
  2. Learn to recognize “phishing scams” and other types of identity theft, and what you should do if identity theft happens to you.
  3. Never use unsecured WiFi. Unauthorized people can access anything you are doing online if the WiFi is not encrypted. For example, they could access your passwords or read private email. Read tips on how to secure your home WiFi and how to choose WiFi connections when in public.
  4. Use security software on your devices. Run antivirus software to conduct frequent system scans, and ensure your system firewall is turned on.
  5. Learn how to keep your children safe online. If your children use social media, play online games, post online or chat with friends over the Internet, they have a social identity. Learn what you need to know about social networks, cyberbullying, and tips for keeping your kids safe online .

Are you a business owner?

Understand cyber safety risks and learn to keep your business and employees safe from cyber crime.

Are you interested in having a cyber safety specialist come speak to your employees? Contact for more information or to submit a request.

Have questions? Need help?

Drop-in to a Technology Help session at your local Surrey Library to get your questions answered!

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