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As Jack Frost starts to nip at your toes and we get ready for the festive period that’s almost upon us we’re no doubt fighting the crowds on the high street to source that perfect gift or maybe you're sat at home, toasty in your pyjamas like an internet ninja hunting down the latest and greatest deals on the web. Whilst online shopping is a great way to beat the crowds, the scammers sadly don’t rest for the holidays and with an expected 80% of festive shopping being done online this year they will no doubt be resorting to some sophisticated tactics to trick and bamboozle you.
The multiplayer action survival game, Fortnite: Battle Royale, has received a lot of media coverage recently due to its growing popularity amongst young people. It has highlighted a number of safety concerns particularly among parents who worry about the amount of time their kids spend online as a result of the addictive nature of the game, as well as concerns around online bullying. Here's some helpful information about the game giving guidance to parents and some of the things to be aware of.
If you want a basic piece of advice that can help you avoid nearly all spam, scams and potential viruses that could be spread through Facebook, then it's this - don't click on the "free" offers that you see in your feed or the quizzes and sweepstakes. If a stranger pops up in your Facebook Messenger, then don't click on the link. By doing this, you've not only protected your security and privacy, but you've protected your friends' too. Of course though, it's not that easy
For kids, apps are how they use the phone, and App Control gives parents the confidence of knowing that their kids are using only the apps they should, whether they're in front of the TV, on the bus or in their bedrooms.
Under the new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), a new set of rules on how we use your personal data, we’re required to ensure that anyone whose data we store & process is of a minimum age which is set at 18 years old. We don’t require a lot of personal information to use the community but even something as simple as your email address which is required is covered by the new rules.
The line between the online world and the real world has never been thinner. The protection you put on your child's phone not only keeps your kids away from online threats in the virtual world, it can keep them out of danger on the streets as well.
The FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Centre processed 298,728 complaints in 2016, with internet users reporting losses of more than $1.3bn (£1bn). And when we see the results for 2017, the year that saw the two biggest ransomware attacks ever, expect those numbers to be even greater.
Mobile phone scams are on the rise but it’s not always easy to recognise fraudsters’ new tactics. There’s one mobile phone scam that has recently been catching out a large number of unsuspecting victims – it’s called the Wangiri scam. This tactic sees fraudsters dialling from an overseas number then immediately disconnecting the call in the hope that the target will ring back. Victims that do return the call are redirected through an International Premium Rate service, which can cost a fortune for every minute that the call is connected. Some of these calls remain connected - even once the unsuspecting person hangs up - resulting even more charges.
The Children's Commissioner recently released a really interesting and eye-opening report about children's use of social media between the ages of 8 and 12, and a few things really stood out for me.
If you've recently acquired a new mobile phone, tablet or laptop, consider taking these steps to protect your devices.Use a strong passcode/passwordObviously, you should pick a passcode to lock your phone that can't be guessed, even by someone who knows you. So don't use your birth year, your address or 1234. Better yet, use a password or a passphrase. And make sure it's one you don't use anywhere else.