RESIDENTS and businesses will be able to find out how to stay safe online thanks to a free advice scheme.

Staff from the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit (NWROCU) will be visiting a number of locations in North Wales this month in a specially equipped cyber information bus.

Their visits aim to give residents easy to understand advice and guidance about how to protect themselves from cyber threats.

The first of the events will take place in Mold and in Wrexham on Friday (March 8), followed by another in Llangollen on Monday (March 11).

Attendees will be able to find out more about a range of terms and threats and what they mean, including: Ransomware, phishing, whaling, DDOS, botnet, macro, social engineering, trojan, cyber attack, malvertising and more.

The bus will be staffed by bilingual Police Cyber Protect Officers and other cyber security experts as well as partners such as Get Safe Online and the National Cyber Security Centre.

Detective Constable Symon Kendall of Tarian, which manages the NWROCU, said: “We aim to utilise the bus to speak to anyone who is interested in upskilling themselves and we can demonstrate scams and hacks.

“We will also be staging separate events in nearby premises for both business and the public where more formal cyber protect presentations and business cyber resilience table top exercises will take place.

“It is estimated that the vulnerability to cybercrime can be reduced by up to 80 per cent by taking five key steps in increasing cyber security.

"We recognise that the majority of campaigns rely on social media and website information and the majority of cyber security events are attended by those with an interest in cyber security.

"As such we are not reaching the general public and small businesses. This project is designed to go some way towards remedying this.

“We know that nationally there is considerable under reporting of cybercrime and this affects our ability to combat the threat and by promoting Action Fraud as the National Fraud and Cybercrime Reporting Centre we will raise awareness of the services available.

“The overarching goal is to incorporate cyber safety and resilience into the national psyche which will in turn make Wales a more cyber resilient nation where it is safer to do business online.”

Mold's information session will take place in the High Street from 10am to 1pm, while Wrexham's will run from 2pm to 5pm in Queens Square.

Llangollen's event will take place from 10am to 1pm in Market Street car park.

To find out more about the NWROCU and the information events, including how to book onto the business cyber security advice sessions, visit www.nwrocu.police.uk