The digital world presents us with a wealth of opportunities but it also provides a space for criminal and malicious activity. With more of us relying on digital technology to work, communicate and consume content, it’s more important than ever that you protect yourself and your family online

Accessing illegal content is not only breaking the law but leaves you and your family at risk from malware, viruses, ransomware, scams and fraud.

We always urge consumers to stay away from devices or services that offer you ways to dodge paying subscriptions for premium pay-for-view TV, films or sport. As the old saying goes, if it looks too good to be true, then it probably is.

If you want to enjoy premium TV, such as Sky, BT Sport or Virgin Media, go directly to the official provider.

You can find out where to watch upcoming football fixtures safely and legally on the Premier League website.

Remember: stay safe and legal – it’s not worth the risk.

There are some great websites available to help you stay safe online and signpost you to legitimate content.


BeStreamWise is a new initiative which aims to raise awareness of the dangers of piracy when accessing film, TV or sport through illegal platforms, links and devices. By doing so, you can open your home to criminals, giving them access to data stored across your network, banking details and key personal information relating to your identity. The online hub sets out the latest stats, news, and FAQs when it comes to streaming the content you love safely, while protecting yourself and your household from cybercriminals.


Get It Right can help you identify how to access legal content and give you more support to keep you safe. Get It Right helps you get the music, TV, films, games, books, newspapers, magazines and sport that you love from genuine and safe services.


Childnet International is a non-profit organisation working with others to help make the internet a great and safe place for children. This website aims to keep parents and teachers well-informed about copyright and how digital content can be enjoyed safely and legally online or via a mobile device.

Cyber Aware

Cyber Aware provides Government advice on adopting simple secure online behaviours to help protect accounts and devices from cyber criminals. The advice includes using strong passwords made up of three random words and always downloading the latest software.

Get Safe Online

Get Safe Online is the UK’s leading source of unbiased, factual and easy-to-understand information on online safety. This website is a unique resource providing practical advice on how to protect yourself, your computers and mobile devices, and your business, against fraud, identity theft, viruses and many other problems encountered online. Every conceivable topic is included on the site – including safe online shopping, gaming and dating, so now you really can stay safe with everything you do online.

Parent Guide for Protecting Your Child Online

This comprehensive guide will show you eight areas that you should pay attention to as your child navigates this complex online world – from mobile devices to social media, gaming, cyberbullying, and information security.

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