In the wake of last week’s cyberattack in Europe, Deputy Police Chief Scott Tod hopes people will start to pay more attention to what they do on the internet. Tod spoke at the police board meeting on Tuesday, after having recently returned from five days of meetings in Montreal. He says the Canadian Advance Technology Alliance, which is a group of IT companies from across the country and the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, meet two to three times a year to talk challenges. Tod is the co-chair for the Electronic Crimes Committee for CACP, and says their goal is to get people to practice safe cyber hygiene.

He says last week’s cyberattack in Europe should serve as a reminder for people to be careful what they do on the web. That means updating your operating systems, updating your software systems, using firewalls and added surfing the web is a lot like driving. Tod says you should develop safe practises when you’re driving, it’s the same thing when people are surfing the web because it’s a highway of information. He says the same way people know their vehicles, they should know their technology.

Tod says if you see an e-mail, or a pop-up online that seems too good to be true, it probably is and you shouldn’t click on it. He says people should look at limiting the amount of communication their devices have with unknown WiFi networks because you never know who’s looking for your data. Tod says he believes this is an opportunity for Canadians to look at themselves and ask whether they’re doing what they need to in order to stay safe on the web.

Tod says there really isn’t anyone in particular responsible for policing the Internet, but from a law enforcement perspective and a policing perspective, they’re responsible for identifying people who use the Internet for criminal purposes. He says he’d like to see people to start practicing safer Internet use, and not relying on blind faith and devotion that just because the Internet is there to use, it’s safe. Tod finished by saying that’s not always the case.