Europol's European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) is supporting a series of cyber-safety walk-in events commencing on 9 November, being held in several locations, from Rotterdam to Madrid's Atocha train station, central Bogota and two of Italy's busiest airports.

These pop-up sessions are designed to help members of the public best protect their phones and computers from criminals seeking financial and personal details.

Law enforcement and industry partners will be on hand to offer advice to the general public.

Fernando Ruiz, head of EC3 Operations, said: “The fight against cyber-crime must encompass more than identifying and apprehending criminals. Investment in prevention and protection initiatives is essential to guard against many facets of cyber-crime at once. Every well-educated and informed child, consumer or organisation is one less easy-prey .”

These pop-up events are part of Operation Blackfin, an on-going cyber-awareness raising campaign led by the UK National Crime Agency. Many cyber-crime threats can be prevented by individuals and businesses taking simple steps to protect themselves online. The following tips can help people avoid becoming the next victim of cyber-crime.