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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.
Before you get started signing into your accounts and filling up your phone's photo gallery with selfies, it's a wise idea to think about the security of your new Android. After all, with all the things that our smartphones do for us these days, it only seems fair that we give them the gift of security in return.
Victims reported losing over £16 million in total, 45% more than the year before15,423 people reported being a victim of shopping fraudOnline auction fraud accounted for 65% of reports (Source: Action Fraud, November 2017) With Christmas just around the corner, more and more people are turning to the internet in search of a good deal. You may find a cracking bargain but it’s really important to check that the website you’re using is legitimate, particularly if it’s claiming you’ll save 75% off the retail price. So beware of the fake online stores that are popping up and stay safe by using our top tips:
Apple have recently released their latest OS called High Sierra, and whilst it makes your Mac more reliable, capable and responsive and also refines the features and apps you use every day, that’s good, right? Well yes, normally but there is a major flaw which essentially allows anyone root access (super admin-level access) by using a standard set of
The face of modern crime has changed, online fraud is the most common crime in the UK with more than five and a half million cyber offenses are now thought to take place each year. In the past year, nearly £11bn was lost to cybercrime last year with the average victim losing £210 per person.
The scam explained in detail - and how to avoid it A new advanced form of malware is using Facebook Messenger to infect victim's computers. The malware comes in the form of a Facebook Messenger message normally from a friend and often contains a link to a video file. The link points to a Google doc. The document then takes a picture from the victim's Facebook page and creates a dynamic landing page which looks like a playable movie.
Early September, ITV aired a documentary which followed the work of detectives attempting to stop criminals from scamming eBay customers. It was particularly moving to learn about the stories of these victims, as the fraudsters hacked and conned around 5000 UK victims to get their hands on over £9 million. That’s why it was so satisfying to see the scammers being brought to justice – and, is what makes my job so rewarding.
After decades of annoying us, spam is still one of the most effective ways to spread online threats such as ransomware or scam you into revealing your credit card information.Ironically, as internet security improves, criminals have become more reliant on spam, flooding billions of email boxes, knowing that only a tiny success rate is enough to keep them in business. And spam works because scammers understand some basic principles of psychology that make a con easy.
When it comes to technology, students are more connected than ever. But there also seems to be a serious disconnect between what kids and parents think about teens online activity.
It’s been almost a year since I was appointed as Head of Scam Prevention with a tough challenge ahead to protect our customers and prevent them falling prey to scammers. Thanks to the ideas submitted by our online community members, we're able to deliver what really matters to our customers.