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Awareness raising towards Cybercrime

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Portuguese live in the social networks. Literally. They spend 20 minutes per day online and share all kinds of information and data on their professional and personal life, often without realising it.

This happens not only in Portugal and one might say that is a phenomenon with a worldwide dimension. Each minute the 1,5 billion active users of Facebook post more than 510 thousand comments, 136 thousand photographs and alter more than 293 thousand profiles. The 1,3 billion Twitter users post more than 500 million tweets per day.

This overwhelming sharing leads out for many persons to fall victims of several types of cybercrime: phishing, stalking, cyberbullying, amongst others.

In order to raise the awareness to this dangerous phenomenon, APAV carried out several activities during these last few months, of which the highlight goes to the “Unexpected Biography” written by the nominated Portuguese writer, João Tordo, and to the celebration of the Stalking Awareness Day, last April 18th.

The João Tordo’s “Unexpected Biography” results from the writer’s acceptance of APAV’s invitation to write a person’s biography based only upon the data posted on the Social Networks. This “Unexpected Biography” was compiled in a book, which was publicly launched on the 15th of April 2015, at the Ler Devagar bookstore, located at the LX Factory in Lisbon.