Hey kids – be ‘street’ on the net, yeah?
The government, in its usual hopeless and clunky way, have launched an initiative called the ‘Cyber Streetwise’ campaign, to encourage people to be on their guard on the internet.
Sadly, it doesn’t feature Zammo from Grange Hill, but the campaign urges people to be more ‘savvy’ with their personal security online, doing things like changing passwords, updating virus software and checking privacy settings in the battle against cyber crime.
No matter that these hooded cyber criminals are smarter than you are, and that their methods are constantly changing. Or that social networks like Snapchat and Google + have massive holes in their security that you can’t do anything about. It’s all down to YOU.
Government security minister James Brokenshire (who probably owns the whole of Brokenshire and a large part of Rutland) said, grandly: ‘As a government we are taking the fight to cyber criminals wherever they are in the world. However, by taking a few simple steps while online the public can keep cyber criminals out and their information safe.’
The campaign comes after a survey found that we really are a bit lackadaisical with our internet safety, with only 44% downloading security software on new devices. But it's ok, the government is here! And as well as the ‘Cyber Street’ website, they're also asking websites who have government connections to display a special safety ‘kitemark’.
Aw, how quaint!
Never mind that it would probably take the average cyber criminal about 20 minutes to hack into them.