Online safety

The Internet and technology have penetrated nearly every aspect of our daily lives. This has created many positive conveniences, but also provides criminals with opportunities to reach new victims.

It is important to protect yourself and your devices from criminals who wish to exploit them. However, technology is constantly evolving and criminals are always finding new ways to manipulate it, so you must always remain vigilant and adopt new safety measures on a regular basis.

Here are some tips on how to stay safe. There are also many other valuable resources offering online safety advice, and we encourage you to use all available information to protect yourself and your activities.

Ransomware is a type of malware which blocks a computer, or encrypts the data on a system, demanding money for restoration of the functionality.

In some cases, the name or logo of INTERPOL or a law enforcement agency will appear to trick the user into believing the police are involved.

In reality, INTERPOL never blocks computer systems, never threatens individual users and never demands money.

If you believe you are the victim of ransomware, cease all contact with the individual making the demand and contact your local or national law enforcement authorities.