Get safe online – eventually

The long-awaited Internet security campaign dubbed Project Endurance, has finally been launched.

The long-awaited Internet security campaign dubbed Project Endurance, has finally been launched.

 

The project, a joint initiative of the government, and the National Hi-Tech Crime Unit and sponsored by a range of companies—including  Microsoft, eBay, HSBC, Lloyds, TSB, BT, Dell, Yell, and Securetrading—, has been long in gestation and, so far, short of fanfare.

 

The campaign, now dubbed Get Safe Online, suggests a three-pronged approach aimed at protecting your PC, yourself and your business. A website, www.getsafeonline.org, will provide the main focus where people can obtain reliable information.

It is a project that is desperately needed after research found that 83% of the UK 's population are uninformed when it comes to protecting themselves online.

 

But in the time the project has been discussed, debated, and delayed, a new class of threats has emerged. The targets used to be viruses and hacking. Now they are phishing, identity theft and spyware, driven by organised crime.

 

The proof of the pudding will be whether a more online-aware public has the nous to put itself out and practise a little self-help. The worry is that with only 15% of people believing that it is their own responsibility to protect themselves from cyber crime, 49% believing it should be the responsibility of big business and 11% thinking it is the government’s problem, self-help might be in short supply.

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