Cyber Scotland Week – stay safe online

WITH more people online for work, school and to keep in touch with family and friends, Inverclyde residents are being urged to stay safe as part of Cyber Scotland Week.

The national awareness campaign started on Monday (22 February) and runs until Sunday (28 February) featuring a series of virtual events, support and advice for individuals, businesses and organisations to help avoid becoming a victim of cyber crime.

An estimated £190,000 is lost each day in the UK through cyber crime.

Cyber Scotland Week 2021

Councillor Stephen McCabe, leader of Inverclyde Council, said: “The internet has been great for keeping us all connected during the past year while we’ve had to stay apart, whether that’s for meetings, schooling, help and advice or keeping in touch with family and friends.

“Sadly, the huge surge in the number of people online presents opportunities for criminals to prey on those who are perhaps less savvy about the dangers of the internet or new to the digital world.

“Even the most technologically astute among us are not immune from cyber crime. 

“That’s why it’s important that we all remain vigilant online and don’t fall victim to the many despicable and often very sophisticated scams out there.

“Cyber Scotland Week is an important and timeous event to remind us all to stay safe online.”

More than 90 virtual events are taking place this week designed to ensure people are cyber aware and secure online.

The aim of the awareness campaign is to educate, support and enable businesses, organisations and individuals to protect themselves while using the internet.

For more information about Cyber Scotland Week, to find out about virtual events and for other help and advice, visit