Below are some of the more common questions which people ask about the Stay Safe Online service we think you may find useful.
Q: I’d like a Stay Safe Online visit – how do I arrange that?
A: As a charitably funded service supported by Wiltshire Police, we can only visit people who fall within our charitable remit, so we can visit you if you are:
- over 60 years old
- over 18 with a registered disability
Wiltshire Police should refer you to our service if you have been a victim of online crime, and our Coordinator will contact you to discuss your needs and a Stay Safe Online Volunteer will then arrange a visit with you directly.
Q: I don’t live in Wiltshire can I have a visit please?
A: Unfortunately, we only cover Wiltshire and Swindon, so are not able to visit anyone outside the county borders.
Q: What will it cost me?
A: It is a free service, we do not charge for our Stay Safe Online visits.
Q: Can I make a donation to the charity?
A: Donations are always welcomed. Donations can either be given to the volunteer, who will give you a receipt, or sent to our office in Devizes.
Q: What does a Stay Safe Online visit include, and how long will it take?
Our Stay Safe Online Volunteers can visit up to 3 times. We will:
- Improve your digital/cyber security awareness;
- Offer cyber and scam prevention advice;
- Signpost you to future advice and resources;
- Provide support and reassurance;
- Offer basic practical skills to enable you to check and understand privacy settings; and,
- A visit will typically last between 1 and 2 hours.
Q: Can I have a companion present during a visit?
A: Yes, we encourage you to share the visit with a partner or friend if appropriate.
Q: I have a relative/friend who would benefit from a visit, do I contact Wiltshire Police to arrange this?
A: The relative/friend can contact us directly (i.e. self-refer) on 01225 256867, via email (BV.onlineSafety@wiltshire.police.uk) or simply via the Contact Us page on this website. Alternatively, with their agreement, you can contact us on their behalf.
Q: Can I meet away from my home?
A: Yes, we can arrange to meet in a public place, e.g. library, community centre.
Q: Are visit times flexible?
A: Yes, you and the volunteer will agree a mutually acceptable date and time.
Q: Is the visit confidential?
Q: Will the volunteer have any proof of identity.
A: Yes, they all carry Police photograph ID cards and will show you this on arrival.
Q: Do you give general computer training?
A: We do not offer any general computer training. Should you wish to have more general computer training a good starting point is Wiltshire online.
Q: Do you give talks to community groups?
A: Yes, we regularly give talks to community groups in Village Halls or Community Centres.
Q: Will I have to install anything on my computer/tablet/phone?
A: No, but during the visit we may recommend you install anti-virus software, if you do not have any already installed.
Q: Will you change anything?
A: No, but we may recommend changes to the settings on your computer/tablet/phones to improve security.
Q: Do you endorse or recommend products or services?
A: No; but we advise that you find reputable suppliers using the Buy With Confidence website.
Q: I do not have a computer, do I need a visit?
A: Yes, you may benefit from a Home Security visit, to arrange that call: 01225 256867 or email: email@example.com
Q: Will I be bombarded with jargon?
A: No, our volunteers will explain everything in plain language.
Q: Can I ask questions?
A: Of course, our volunteers will endeavour to answer all your questions.
Q: I want to buy a new computer, can you advise me what I should buy?
A: Our volunteer may be able to offer generic advice based on what you wish to use the computer for, but will not recommend brands or retailers.