Staying secure online

Cyber security isn’t only for people who work in IT or might be good with computers. It’s everyone’s responsibility – including yours. When cyber criminals target your service or the people who use it then you become the last line of defence.


As a social service worker, either now or in the future, you’ll have access to digital devices as part of your job. It is necessary to protect and safeguard these devices and the information you have access to. We built this learning resource to help you with this.

Watch the video about staying safe online and then choose a scenario from the options below to get started.

Remember: If you or someone you know becomes the victim of a cyber attack, report it and ask for help from Police Scotland by calling 101.

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Choose one of the scenarios below to get started. The interactive videos may not work on some smartphones.

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With thanks to: Kathleen McGovern, Balmore Gate Service, The Richmond Fellowship Scotland, Melanie McGinney, Robert Bruce, Alison Precup, Wendy Johnston, Roxanne Campbell, Keir Maddison and Coffee HQ Dundee.

SSSC LearnCast

Staying safe online
1 March 2019 | 39 minutes

We talk with Coleen Wylie and Robbie Ross from Police Scotland and Kirstie Steele from the Scottish Government’s Cyber Resilience Unit about how to stay safe online. This episode gives practical hints and tips about how to avoid falling foul of some of the common risks online.

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What next?

We can’t cover every risk and threat in this resource, so you should commit yourself to learning more by visiting the websites below.