Government launches IT security awareness website

The UK government has launched a new initiative, ITsafe, which aims to protect small businesses and home computer users from...

The UK government has launched a new initiative, ITsafe, which aims to protect small businesses and home computer users from viruses and other online threats.

The initiative aims to ensure that users are aware of the risks involved in using the web and sending e-mails, and to provide clear information enabling any threats to be dealt with easily and effectively.

Through its website (www.itsafe.gov.uk) users can get information on virus and threat alerts and comprehensive advice on how to respond to them.

Users can also sign up to receive immediate notification of new threats, and information on what actions need to be taken to deal with them, either by e-mail or text message.

ITsafe uses information provided by the government’s centre for electronic defence, the National Infrastructure Security Co-ordination Centre (NISCC).

Users will only be told of the most serious security threats, which are identified by the NISC to have the potential to affect millions of people.

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